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15 February 2020

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Bollards for Port Fairy East Beach 

This project was undertaken as part of an initiative of the Moyne Shire Council Youth Councillors that represent the town of Port Fairy on the Youth Council. It involved erecting a decorative bench seat, in the shape of a surf board and surrounded by four special bollards depicting each of the four seasons.  The seat and bollards will be erected on the foreshore at Port Fairy's East Beach.  

The project, that was initiated by now retired Youth Councillor, James McLean, was then picked up by the four local, 2010 Youth Council representatives -  Sinead Medew Ewen, Kellyann ReedHaylee Smith and Bianca McLaren.  These four inspiring girls worked with the Port Fairy Consolidated School and local artist, Don Stewart, to develop the theme that resulted in the design of the "4-seasons" bollards. They then approached the Port Fairy Men's Shed to help with the carving of the motifs on both sides of the boards to give the design some relief and presence. 

Shedders Ian Risbey, assisted by Harry Bracegirdle, went to work on the four wooden (jarrah) boards under the watchful eye of the four councillors who also helped in the fine sanding of the carved lines after Ian and Harry did their work with special cutting tools and engraver.  

The boards are now completed with the outlines of the motifs filled, sanded back and finished with a few protective layers of Estapol.  They have now been concreted into a prominent location at the East Beach foreshore.  

Some photos of the team at work and the partially finished bollards are depicted below.  The Youth Councillors were pleased - as was the Men's Shed - to see the final product in situ!  All in all - it was a very enjoyable and worthwhile project for the Men's Shed to be involved and a special thanks must be extended to Ian Risbey who took control of the delicate work of working the motifs on the bollards.  

Some photos of the good work done are depicted below.