A touch of magic added to Lupton Park in Maryborough

LUPTON Park in Maryborough is now a bright and colourful space for communities to enjoy some fresh air and time outside.

Fraser Coast Division 3 Councillor Paul Truscott and Maryborough artist Willy Paes at the colourful mural painted along the footpath through Lupton Park in Aberdeen Avenue. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.

A new mural on the footpath through the park was unveiled earlier today.

Local artist Willy Paes, with the help of his wife Di, worked for about two months to create a magical pathway through the park.

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Each mural tells a story about the area.

Some feature the local gardens and animals that visit the park. Others tell nursery rhymes, reflect the alphabet and pay homage to the Indigenous people of Maryborough.

Willy was also excited about the functional element of same of his designs.

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“They include games like snakes and ladders and hopscotch that families and children can play together,” he said.

The mural took about two months to complete due to interruptions brought on by the rain.

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The finished product is Willy’s sixth in Maryborough.

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Other works of his are on display at the Riverside Christian College, the Maryborough Aquatic Centre children’s play area, Granville Butchery, Patchwork on Pallas, the rear wall inside the Parkside Café and the toilet block at Lupton Park.

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Some of the paintings on the footpath link in with the artwork on the toilet block.

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Fraser Coast Division 3 Councillor Paul Truscott said the mural in the park was the third commissioned by Council this year as part of a program to beautify public areas and discourage graffiti.

The other two include the humpback whales painted on the wall of the Repco building in Hervey Bay and the mural on the wall of the Signature Building adjacent to the Torquay Road skatepark.

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Cr Truscott said the new addition to Lupton Park would offer children more games to play and get excited about before burning more energy on the shaded playground.

The artwork has been sealed with an anti-slip and anti-graffiti coating to safeguard it from wear and tear.

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