Blyth community unveils new fence

Community members in Blyth, SA with one of the new historial fence panelsThe small community of Blyth, South Australia, recently officially unveiled the new heritage panelled fence surrounding the Padnaindi Reserve, a valued community gathering place providing a playground for children, a shady picnic spot for friends and families and an important venue for civic events such as ANZAC Day and Australia Day celebrations.

Sixteen laser cut panels, which depict the historical way of life of both Blyth farmers and the community, now surround the Reserve, providing a safe haven for children playing in the local reserve and from running directly onto a busy main road. The panels were funded in part through a grant from the Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage (CATCH) program.

The project was a true community effort, with residents coming together to erect the panels over several working bees, giving all a sense of ownership, worth and a “feel good” sense of being in the community. In addition, the local primary school community was also involved in creating three mosaic murals depicting the district’s fauna and flora.

Since the completion of the fence, many a traveler/tourist has been seen taking photos of this community project.

Although unable to attend the opening, FRRR’s Chairman, Ian Sinclair, sent a message on behalf of the Board to the community.

As part of the message, Mr Sinclair said “The Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage grants assessment panel was very impressed with the community spirit and commitment to working together evident in your application for this panel fence project. It is a great example of the energy, drive and passion that you characterise on behalf of all rural and regional Australians.”

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