One of the major projects will involve Cultivator and La Trobe University working with Lower Murray Water (LMW) to create a large-scale mural structure within the LMW Mildura Water Treatment Plant grounds, which will be visible to all along the riverfront and particularly from the Splashpark. The mural will be a collaboration of thoughts and ideas from local youth, involving secondary schools, university and TAFE students.
Deb Neal, Head of Campus at La Trobe University in Mildura, says the partnership will see the University and Cultivator run a number of workshops within local secondary schools.
“It’s a natural fit between La Trobe and Cultivator. The University is committed to partnering with organisations that form new ideas and foster innovation. We have always engaged with the group, but this is the first time we’ve formalised our partnership. The relationship will see us and Cultivator work together to run a number of engaging workshops within schools, encouraging students to use their creative and problem-solving skills. The workshops will help form the creative vision for a large mural project down by the river. We hope the mural will be complete by the end of November,” Dr Neal says.
“Another great aspect of the partnership has seen us welcome Cultivator into our 29 Deakin Avenue building as their new headquarters. They’ll use the office space towards the back of the building and plan to create a fun and engaging space in the courtyard for our local youth. It’s a nice tie in, the 29 Deakin Avenue building was actually the original home of the Cultivator newspaper!” said Dr Neal.
Mark Haynes, Chair of Cultivator, says “Cultivator welcomes the opportunity to partner with La Trobe University and continue its relationship with Lower Murray Water through community art projects. The new headquarters based out of 29 Deakin Ave offers Cultivator access to workshop facilities and a central hub for exciting new projects into the future. Over the next 12 months we expect to offer the community exciting new opportunities to get involved and contribute to projects across the region.
Lower Murray Water Chair, Cheryl Rix says “Lower Murray Water has partnered with Cultivator on many projects over the past few and welcomes the opportunity to continue this collaboration along with La Trobe University. Engaging with our community is a strong priority for our organisation and partnerships such as this are not only good for the community but shines a light on regional areas and creates employment and learning opportunities.”
Image caption: Mark Haynes and Sophie Cook of Cultivator with Leesa Merrett from Lower Murray Water outside the new Cultivator headquarters.
Ash Ryan, Community Engagement Coordinator
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