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Yeppoon's legacy from positive family stencils and enchanted forest

Published:17 September 2018

Key elements of the Enchanted Forest and Positive Family Stencils projects will live on at Yeppoon, with help from co-sponsorship by CQUni.

Yeppoon has gained a legacy from CQUniversity Village Festival projects which were co-sponsored by CQUni.

Director of the hey there HAPPINESS initiative, Kate Schlick says the Enchanted Forest wire art project enabled community members to create 20 large sculptures.

Two wire trees were created by students of St Ursula's College and St Brendan's College, while more than 80 artworks were created by students of Yeppoon State High School. Community members also created a 'wildflower' meadow with over 300 crocheted flowers.

"Over 140 people took part in the workshops to create the Enchanted Forest pieces," Ms Schlick says.

"We had around 1500 people come through and check it out. The feedback was fantastic. It really captured the imaginations of children and adults alike.

"The large sculptures will be permanently installed up in the trees in Beaman Park (where the installation was) as a surprise art element. There will also be a sign to tell the story of who made them, and of course thanking our wonderful sponsors!"

Ms Schlick says that artist Martin Schlick from Mash Designs worked with around 60 students from Yeppoon High, engaging students in a conversation about what was important to them in terms of family.

"Their response was simple and profound ... all they want is to spend more quality time with their families," she says.

"They created images that represented how they feel and Martin Schlick took these images and painted them on walls around Yeppoon, along with adding the words that the students came up with.

"This project aims to inspire everyone who looks at the stencils to reflect on their own families and what’s important."

The stencils are in the following locations:

*Yeppoon CDC in the play area out the back
*Farnborough Beach BBQ
*Yeppoon main beach BBQ (beside the SLSC)

The not-for-profit hey there HAPPINESS organisation inspires positive choices, positive thoughts, a greater acceptance of self and others, and a greater engagement with life and community.

Ms Schlick says the CQUni-sponsored projects will lead to increased resilience and genuine feelings of happiness and connectedness.