New look for poles

Kristy Charles (left) and Deb Pearse get ready to add some colour to this telegraph pole in Mullumbimby.
Kristy Charles (left) and Deb Pearse get ready to add some colour to this telegraph pole in Mullumbimby.

Telegraph poles in Mullumbimby will take on a whole new look soon thanks to the efforts of a group of young artistic people.

The 'Reinventing Telegraph Poles' program is being run by Byron Youth Service and encourages young people to submit an artwork with the view to painting their piece on a telegraph pole.

The 'brains' behind the program is youth activity and family liaison officer for the youth service, Deb Pearse.

The program is free and has received approval from the Byron Shire Council and Country Energy.

"This is an exciting and innovative new program which aims to provide young people with an appropriate forum to exhibit their art, enhance and beautify the community and engage local businesses and the community," Ms Pearse said.

"The sky's the limit, this will give young people a focus and their artwork will be highly visible."

The program will kick off after Christmas with telegraph poles being painted in Gordon Street.

Ms Pearse said she was looking for donations of paint from the private and business sector.

The target group is 11-16 years, but young people of all ages are eligible.

If you would like to donate some paint contact Ms Pearse on 66843086.

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