• Annemarie Taylor

The peoples’ mosaic unveiled

Some 57 people from across the Hawkesbury came together to contribute to The Reflections of the Hawkesbury 2020 mosaic, which was created at Be & Co. as well as community members and lead artist Marian Shapiro.

Mayor Patrick Conolly unveils the mosaics alongside Marian Shapiro and Michelle Hookham

“The mosaic is a reflection of our Hawkesbury community,” said Mayor Patrick Conolly at the unveiling today at the Deerubin Centre in Windsor.

“The design reflects the local area, with the river as a central linking motif and a patchwork of fields surrounding it. The process of its creation reflects the spirit of the Hawkesbury; individuals connecting with each other and making great things happen.”

The four-piece mosaic was funded by Hawkesbury City Council and KLS Outdoor Training.

Be & Co. is a pop-up social event run by local resident Michelle Hookham to promote connection, support and wellbeing.

“Michelle is a qualified local mental health nurse and homeopath, who recognised that the community would benefit from a non-clinical setting where people could connect with each other and with local services,” said Mayor Conolly who unveiled the mosaic alongside Federal MP Susan Templeman and Hawkesbury councillor Emma-Jane Garrow who also contributed to the mosaic build herself.

“Council has supported the Be & Co. project since its inception, and we are proud to have also been able to contribute to the creation of the mosaic,” said the Mayor.

“A total of 57 people have helped to create this mosaic, an amazing effort, congratulations everyone,” he said.

Be & Co. also offers access to social services while improving the social connectedness and wellbeing of isolated residents. Be & Co. is a relaxed space where people can come along, have a free barista-made coffee and a chat with other people in the community. To find out more, visit www.facebook.com/beco.hawkesbury

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