A roundabout way to peace

The peace roundabout in Byron Bay was constructed by a group of volunteers last week.
The peace roundabout in Byron Bay was constructed by a group of volunteers last week.

A new 'peace' roundabout was last week unveiled at the corner of Lawson and Jonson streets thanks to the efforts of a group of people co-ordinated by local artist Colin Heaney.

Members of the group had volunteered their time to work on various aspects of the project over the past 18 months.

"Not long after the Bali bombing tragedy Colin Heaney spoke to me about creating a mosaic to mark the entry into the Bay's CBD," project spokesperson, Dee Tipping said.

"The prospect of a wonderful piece of public art as a welcome to the town's CBD was fantastic, but as the Bali tragedy had touched so many in our town it was proposed that the roundabout would convey a message of peace through art.

Ms Tipping said the realisation of this project was made possible through the commitment and voluntary efforts of Colin Heaney and other volunteer artists like Jennifer Black and artisans and tradepersons.

A donation of $800 came from the Byron Bay Town Centre Committee and the remainder of the project costs were covered by other business sponsorship.

Ms Tipping said that mayor Jan Barham had expressed her delight and was supportive of seeing plans for the installation of the second part of the project at Fletcher Street roundabout.

To celebrate the completion of the project, a can- dle ceremony will be held tonight at 7pm.

If you would like to participate meet outside Wallace's Menswear store, Jonson Street.

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