Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
HAMPTON Park Primary School Year Two student Byron Todd has had a brush with Bayswater City Council – all in the name of art.

The pint-sized Picasso was chosen to paint a City of Bayswater banner to be featured in the 2010 Local Government Week’s Banners in the Terrace event from August 1 to 14.

Each year, about 70 local governments from across WA have banners highlighting their local community on show in St Georges Terrace.

Embracing Bayswater’s motto “the garden city”, seven-year-old Byron was chosen to paint the banner after his design was selected as the best among his classmates.

The 3.4m x 1.5m banner features Byron’s illustration of the date palm on the roundabout at the intersection of Benara Road and McGilvray Avenue, Noranda, and he’s spent the past three weeks reproducing it with paint to make it larger than life.

“Byron has come up with a delightful design that really highlights the integral garden element of our community,” Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said.

“He’s managed to capture the look of the tree in question, adding a splash of colour at the base, where appropriate.

“It’s been done in a bold and expressive way, so when you put it all together, Byron’s design had all the right elements.”

Teacher Glynis Cardy said Byron’s work was selected by a panel of judges at the school before it was forwarded to the City of Bayswater for consideration.

“He’s really excited about having his work displayed in the terrace,” she said. “Byron has been very enthusiastic about painting the Bayswater banner and has taken immense pride in his work.

Banners in the Terrace is one of WA’s largest single community arts projects.

banner1-2.jpeg: Hampton Park Primary School student Byron Todd busy with his Bayswater banner.

banner-complete 001-002: Year Two student Byron Todd with his completed banner for the City of Bayswater.

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
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P: (08) 9272 0923

Glynis Cardy

P: (08) 9276 3044


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