Page 3299 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 23 August 2017

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George Rose and Phibs won the competition with their design depicting royal bluebell, northern corroboree frogs, bogong moths and eucalypts. Since the mural is part of the skate park, they wanted to incorporate aspects of BMX and skate culture. In their submission, they explained that their abstract strokes represent the flow and energy of someone moving around the skate park.

George Rose grew up in Canberra and studied graphic design at the University of Canberra. Since graduating she has painted murals across Australia and the world. Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Tasmania are all home to her art, as well as Indonesia, Mexico and European countries. George continues to contribute to Canberra street art with her work displayed in Art, Not Apart and at last year’s Spilt Milk festival. George collaborated with Phibs, a Sydney based artist, who is quite famous and who has painted murals in Melbourne, Sydney and internationally. You can also see some of his work at the National Gallery of Australia.

The ACT government recognises the importance of street art as a creative outlet and the role of graffiti artists in creating important works of art. We have 24 legal graffiti sites around Canberra where anyone can paint, spray or tag. These designated walls provide a valuable space for artists to practise their craft and learn from other local artists. One of these sites is at the Cooyong skate park, right next to George and Phibs’s mural. These dedicated sites have been successful in deterring vandalism of our public spaces. They provide a safe space for artists to share their works, while respecting our city and community. I can say I had a bit of a go that day, and I am no good. The graffiti spaces are constantly evolving and exhibit some of our emerging artists. I am definitely not one of them.

I encourage everyone to head over to the Cooyong Street skate park to admire the new mural and the graffiti walls next to it. The mural is stunning, and the graffiti walls are always in a state of flux as new works are constantly created and reworked.

National Health Co-op

MR MILLIGAN (Yerrabi) (6.39): It was a great pleasure for me to be invited last week to visit the premises of the National Health Co-op to find out more about this exciting initiative. I was met by the chair of the board, Brian Frith, and Blake Wilson, general manager and deputy CEO. On first impression, it gives the appearance of being just another doctors surgery, but I was sincerely impressed when I was taken on a tour of the premises as Brian and Blake explained more of the initiative.

The National Health Co-op is a not-for-profit member-owned cooperative. It provides affordable medical and healthcare services to communities where it operates. Their goal is to provide access to affordable health care to all Australians. This will help to significantly reduce instances of preventable diseases and lessen the personal and societal impact of chronic conditions.

The National Health Co-op has a very unusual pricing structure. Once you have signed up for membership, you have unlimited access to bulk-billed doctors of your

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