Student’s creativity to colour Kojonup skate park

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Shire of Kojonup president John Benn with design competition winner Terehia Potaka-Osborne.
Camera IconShire of Kojonup president John Benn with design competition winner Terehia Potaka-Osborne. Credit: Sarah Makse.

A talented high school student will leave her mark on Kojonup after being named the winner of the Shire’s skate park repainting design competition.

Earlier this year, local students were set the task of sketching a design for the ageing skate park that captured Kojonup’s spirit.

Year 8 student Terehia Potaka-Osborne, 13, was chosen as the winner of the creative challenge after wowing the judges with her colourful design.

Terehia said it “felt really cool” to share her talent for drawing.

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“I enjoy expressing myself through art — it is really inspiring,” she said.

“My family really likes coming to the park, so it will be really cool for my cousins to see.”

Terehia said she walked around her neighbourhood to gather inspiration for her design.

“In the middle there is an Aboriginal flag and there are handprints in the shape of a heart around it,” she said.

“There is also the Australian and the WA flag with a bunch of different coloured hands.”

Shire of Kojonup president John Benn said the skate park was in dire need of a splash of colour.

“The competition was driven by the younger population of Kojonup,” he said.

“It was amazing what they came up with, and I think it will be great.”

Local artists will work with students from the Kojonup District High School to finalise the design before Shire staff put paint to concrete in the coming months

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