Many Hawkesbury hands make a spectacular mosaic

Hawekesbury Mayor Patrick Conolly unveils the mew mosaic. Picture: Supplied
Hawekesbury Mayor Patrick Conolly unveils the mew mosaic. Picture: Supplied

The work of more than 50 locals has gone into a special mosaic reflecting the Hawkesbury unveiled this week at the Deerubbin Centre in Windsor.

The mosaic, titled Reflections of the Hawkesbury 2020 was created at Be & Co. by 57 community members and lead artist Marian Shapiro, and was funded by Hawkesbury Council and KLS Outdoor Training.

Be & Co. is a pop-up social event run by Michelle Hookham to promote connection, support and wellbeing.

"Michelle is a qualified local mental health nurse and homeopath, who recognised that the community would benefit from a non-clinical setting where people could connect with each other and with local services," said Hawkesbury Mayor, Councillor Patrick Conolly.

"Council has supported the Be & Co. project since its inception, and we are proud to have also been able to contribute to the creation of the mosaic."

Cr Conolly, who was joined at the recent unveiling by fellow councillor emma-Jane Garrow and Macquarie MP Susan Templeman, congratulated all who had contributed to the work.

"The mosaic is a reflection of our Hawkesbury community," he said.

"The design reflects the local area, with the river as a central linking motif and a patchwork of fields surrounding it.

"The process of its creation reflects the spirit of the Hawkesbury; individuals connecting with each other and making great things happen."

Be & Co. offers access to social services, while aiming to improve the social connectedness and wellbeing of isolated residents.

It's pop-up events are designed to be relaxed and social, encouraging folk to sample a barista-made coffee while chatting with others from their community.

For more information about the group, check them out at facebook.com/beco.hawkesbury