Via paintings, poems and photos, local schoolchildren recently showed their love and concern for Cammeray Park, which is currently under threat.
More than 15,000m2 of parkland is under threat of permanent removal at Cammeray Park to make way for a worksite to service the Warringah Freeway upgrade and creation of the Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT) and Beaches Link.
The ‘Save Cammeray Park Children’s Artwork Competition’ was organised by the Save Our Parks Alliance (SOPA) – an alliance of North Sydney Council Precinct groups, and Anzac Park & Cammeray Public Schools P&C Associations – who are concerned about the adverse impacts of the infrastructure projects on the area.
The purpose of the competition was to provide local children, who often do not have a voice in major projects such as the Western Harbour Tunnel, to express their thoughts about the impacts of this project using their own words or their artwork.
It gave children the chance to talk about or draw the local trees and to express their desire for those trees to be retained. Most of the children’s works were started and finished on the morning of the competition and were done without any parental influence.
Following the competition, winner of the poem category Genevieve, aged nine, and winner of the drawing category Maria, aged nine, were among children who presented their entries to the Mayor of North Sydney Zoe Baker at Council Chambers.
“I was deeply moved by the care, creativity and passion that went into the poems, photographs and hand-drawn pictures,” said Mayor Baker. “They show how much this green space is cherished by all ages in our community and how important it is for us to fight to protect it.”
The drawings, poems and letters are now on display in Stanton Library’s children’s section.