Some cute and cuddly critters have recently taken up residence in some of the large trees in Bell Park, thanks to the creative talents of the Emu Park Library knitting group, Knitters and Knotters!
This group of dedicated artisans meet weekly to knit wonderful handmade gifts, toys and blankets for many different charity organisations but have recently turned their attention to crafting native wildlife as part of Council’s ongoing Placemaking Strategy.
Group member Donna Galley said this was an exciting project to work on, creating something different for the community’s enjoyment and providing a creative challenge for the members.
“We wanted to take yarn-bombing to another level so we came up with the idea of celebrating our fabulous local wildlife in a three dimensional form,” Donna explained.
“Because Bell Park is such a popular attraction we thought it would be fun to add another aspect to the visitor experience. Just during the process of installing the animals we were delighted by the number of people showing interest.
“We also thought it would be a fun idea to do up an activity sheet for children during the school holidays to tick off what animal they spotted in each tree like a treasure hunt, and we’ve had a few children take part and it’s great to see their delight.”
Libraries, Arts and Culture Councillor Pat Eastwood said Council officers approached the group about creating some yarn-bombing installations. Council purchased the yarn the group needed and assisted with installation. The first manifestation of their efforts took the form of poppies for Anzac Day displayed out the Emu Park Library.
“The fauna installation is the second project and involved the creation of approximately 40 different life-sized birds and animals. The next project will involve knitting a lot more poppies in time to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the end of WWI,” Cr Eastwood said.
“This interactive project is one of the fantastic ways Council is working hand in hand with the community, to brighten up our public spaces, and with the likes of these wonderfully talented artisans, the Capricorn Coast region will continue to delight residents and visitors alike.
“We are fortunate to have so many people in our Shire who are this talented and community-minded. Other recent yarn installations can be found at Lioness Park, outside Yogalicious in Yeppoon and at the front of the Yeppoon Library. I’m sure there’s more to come!
“This project is one of many recent Placemaking initiatives undertaken in the Shire, including the Appleton Park amenities block, the Dignity First Washroom facilities at the Community Centre and the fuchsia pink turtles along the fencing of the Yeppoon Lagoon precinct.”
The private sector is also embracing Placemaking as demonstrated by the recent artistic additions to the Keppel Bay Sailing Club.
“Other recent Placemaking projects include the relocation of several fig trees on the median in front of the Emu Park caravan park and the roundabout at Park and Tanby Streets (outside Yeppoon Central), installation of historic murals during the upgrade of the Marlborough Railway Station which now houses the Marlborough Library, landscaping the Appleton roundabout at the entrance to Lagoon Place and, and the first phase of landscaping the Hartley Street roundabout in Emu Park,” Cr Eastwood continued.
“Even smaller-scale projects like the bug-themed ‘welcome’ signage painted at the entrance to the Yeppoon Town Hall Customer Support Centre make a difference in people’s everyday lives and all contribute to the overall charm and welcoming feel of our beautiful region.”
To find out more on Council’s Placemaking Strategy, please visit