To celebrate Youth Week, young people at The Haven have created a mural which celebrates their own ideas, experiences and cultures.
The Haven, a Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project initiative, provides a safe and positive environment for young people to congregate.
The Haven manager Konrad Fepuleai said the project’s goal was to create a mural to celebrate The Haven as a space where young people could find their place.
‘‘The young people have been involved in the planning and design of a mural, which has been realised by local artists Davidson (Lopes) and Sophie (Wilson),’’ Mr Fepuleai said.
The design provides recognition and respect for Aboriginal people as the first people of Australia and creates awareness and celebrated cultural diversity and equality.
‘‘It provided young people with an opportunity to express their identity and promoted The Haven as a positive place for young people to attend while encouraging others to join in and participate in The Haven,’’ he said.
The two artists first worked with The Haven through workshops to get a feel for the mural’s design.
‘‘It’s really good to be part of your family because when I was in Brazil my family was very small,’’ Mr Lopes said.
‘‘I don’t have a traditional family and now you are part of my family. It was a pleasure to do this with you guys, it was amazing.’’
The mural spells out the words ‘encouragement’, ‘positive’, ‘togetherness’, ‘wisdom’ and ‘family’ along with the two Aboriginal totems, the platypus and the long-necked turtle.