27 October, 2022
Orana Living leave their mark
After the long-awaited return of the windmills on Windmill Walk, you may have noticed they gained a little bit more than just a clean.
The windmills have
received a beautiful new splash of colour, with all artworks
designed by the clients at Orana Living.
“It was an initiative between the shire council and
the disability service,” said manager of Orana Living,
“We were asked to do the designs for the windmills.
There were six originally, then there was one left over
which we ended up taking to do as well. It was great
because no one missed out!”
Seven canvases were bought to represent the seven
windmills. The five houses at Orana Living, and the Life
Skills Centre did one each, with the extra going to the
clients at Carlginda Enterprises to complete, which is
still under progress.
“They all initiated their own piece of artwork on that
canvas. Some of them used their signature artwork, like
we have one lady who loves to paint red circles, and
those red circles made it on there,” said Mrs Lummis.
Clients who found it difficult to paint still contributed
by adding their handprints or writing their name.
“No client missed out, the ones that needed assistance,
we made sure they were involved.”
Photos were then taken of the canvas’ and digitalised,
to be printed onto the windmills. The clients
loved being part of the process and are so excited to see
the final product.
“They are just so enthused by it, they are over the
moon and think that they are just the ants pants,” said
The windmills have received overwhelmingly positive
feedback, with some visitors on the long weekend
ensuring compliments went back to the artists.
“We have been so excited to have had the opportunity
to do this, and we’re lucky the shire let us paint more
than just one windmill!” said Mrs Lummis.
Some of the windmills are already on display, with
the rest to be finished in the near future.
The artworks were installed by Locky Naef at Solid Signs, and the windmills repaired and installed by Andrew Frankland at Western Mill Engineering.