On the wall of Unitywater’s pump station on Fishermans Road, Maroochydore, is an underwater theme, representing the importance of the environment with a focus on water as an essential part of life.

Unitywater Community Relations Manager Chris Jones said the artwork was created at the Unitywater Field Day as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s Kids in Action program.

“The students worked with local artists to create a design that reflects their passion for, and dedication to, the environment,” Chris said.

“It has not only brightened up this asset, it is a legacy for these youth and a reminder to preserve and protect our beautiful local environment.”

Council’s Community and Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the artwork was a wonderful outcome from the Kids in Action program.

“This artwork builds on an emerging tradition of council and the community listening to and valuing the voice of the youth,” Cr McKay said.

“It has grown out of a collaboratively developed statement about what Sunshine Coast kids valued and appreciated about the Sunshine Coast environment from the Kids in Action 2015 conference. That original statement is included now in our Environment and Liveability Strategy.

“This year’s theme ‘Changing Climates – Changing Lives’ teaches the students how to build a resilient community and looks at the impacts of climate change.

“Each year, the Kids in Action program enables students to connect with mentors and environmentalists in their local community, helping our youth to understand the region’s unique environment and how they can protect it into the future.

“The 350 students who participated in the Unitywater Field Day are now working on their own environment projects that they will share at the Kids in Action kids-teaching-kids conference next month.

“Sunshine Coast Council is proud to partner with Unitywater and community organisations from across the region to support this program and we look forward to welcoming back the students at the conference.”

Fishermans Road pump station mural artwork

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