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Winners Announced For Bowen’s ‘Design Your Dream Jetty’ Art Competition

The winners of North Queensland Bulk Port’s (NQBP) ‘Design your Dream Jetty’ art competition were announced last week.

There were close to 100 entries in the competition, with the youth of Bowen submitting their designs in a special art competition which invited them to highlight ideas for a future jetty.

There were three categories - Lower Primary, Upper Primary and High School, and each category had two winners, the Winner and the Encouragement Award.

Piper from Bowen State Primary School won the Lower Primary School award.

From Queens Beach State School, Matilda won the Upper Primary School award and Elsie won the Lower Primary School Encouragement Award.

Ella from St Mary’s Catholic School won the Encouragement Award in the Upper Primary category.

Winners of the High School category were Sarah and Isaac.

All winners received a cash prize.

NQBP Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brendan Webb said the competition provided Bowen youth with an opportunity to create artwork to represent their ideas for a future Jetty.
“We’ve received fantastic ideas from the young people of Bowen,” Mr Webb said.

“The entries showcased not only creativity in their designs but also practical safety and accessibility features, such as lighting,”

The competition is part of the government-owned port authority’s project to develop a concept design for the Bowen Jetty.

NQBP have been utilising the Bowen Jetty for tugboat operation for some time but are soon due to move this service away leaving the Jetty redundant.

To future proof this historic community asset, they have kindly coordinated a variety of outreach projects to source ideas for its next purpose in life.

Mr Webb said acknowledging history, public amenities and the opportunity for recreational activities will be core considerations in the design.

“Dating from the late 1860s, the current structure is nearing its end of life,” he said.

“However, thanks to a $50 million commitment from the State Government, the future of the jetty has been assured.”

NQBP CEO Brendan Webb with Lower Primary School winner Piper and Bowen State Primary Principal Christien Payne.

NQBP Senior Advisor Stakeholder Engagement Stacey Gibson with Upper Primary Encouragement Award winner Ella and St Mary's Catholic School Principal Alicia Ninnes.

Queens Beach State School Acting Principal Nadine Gibbons, NQBP CEO Brendan Webb and General Manager Infrastructure Tim Lewis with Upper Primary School winner Matilda and Lower Primary School Encouragement Award Elsie.

High School winner Sarah and Encouragement Award winner Isaac with NQBP Project Director Nawar Spear, CEO Brendan Webb and General Manager Infrastructure Tim Lewis.

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