Take a tired old toilet block, add 654 hours of volunteer labour, 9541 mosaic tiles, a considerable dose of creativity and lashings of community spirit and you change the ambience of one of the South Coast’s most popular beaches. An astonishing array of seahorses, surfboards, stingrays and starfish now smother the North Broulee toilet block thanks to the efforts of the Broulee Women Boardriders Club.
“The toilet block is the meeting spot for our monthly surf comp” said Club Treasurer Stacca Wade.” And we wanted to create a sense of pride and ownership of the area amongst the community by celebrating the good aspects of our beach culture. “
The entire project has been a massive team building exercise for the club, from the committee members to the grommets and white water warriors. Mrs Wade also said that the weekly sessions gluing mosaic tiles onto 18 panels over the last 8 months have helped cement relationships. “The blokes also chipped in at the end by helping fix the panels to the toilet walls, some even worked the whole day.”
Locals are delighted with the result. “It’s just beautiful,” said long term Broulee resident Dawn Ingles. “Who would have thought that our plain old toilet block could have such a make-over. We really appreciate the efforts and creativity of the Boardriders.”
The mosaic-ing may provide a mild boost to the local economy. Local surfboard aficionado Mick Schell was so impressed by the palette of reds, oranges and purples on the coral panel that he immediately planned the addition of another board to his ever expanding quiver.
The work was funded by a $2525 grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. Surfing Australia helped with insurance and the Eurobodalla Shire Council provided logistic support for the erection of the panels.
Thanks to John Hicks, surfer and yogi, for the story and photos. How inspiring that something ugly can be transformed into a colourful artwork by the creativity and hard work of the surfing community. We need beauty to lifts our hearts!!! Thanks surfers 🙂