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Dalby students bring creative flair to Jandowae

27 July 2018

Dalby State High School students and teacher James Roberts are proud to show off their work on the new Jandowae Cemetery gates.

An innovative group of Dalby State High School students has given the Jandowae Cemetery a facelift with the design, manufacture and installation of new cemetery gates with intricate details capturing the proud culture of the community.

As part of graphics and design classes and the Trade Futures Program at the Dalby State High School, students and teachers have captured the spirit of Jandowae in the production of the cemetery’s new powder-coated steel gates.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Carolyn Tillman said it has been sensational to have the younger generation of the Western Downs contribute to something that has clearly enhanced community pride within the region.

“I’m proud to say this project has been built by locals for locals and it’s been very encouraging for these kids to be a part of something this special within our region,” she said.

“We’ve had so much great feedback from the community, I even received a phone call from a Jandowae resident who was very grateful for the new gates. A lady from Jandowae also posted on our Facebook page last week saying her parents are buried in the cemetery so she is very thankful to these young people for their wonderful contribution to the resting place of her family.

“It’s been so rewarding for both Council and the community to be apart of a project that really captures the history and community spirit of Jandowae.”

Dalby State High School graphics teacher James Roberts was thrilled to be able to lead the students through this significant project.

The student-designed cemetery gates capture the unique spirit of Jandowae.

“Council approached us with the concept that they wanted to do something for the community but also wanted to engage our students in the project,” he said.

“It was a real team effort for the school as the project first started with our graphics and design students who came up with the concept and it was then an amalgamation of trade students and teachers to develop the finished product.

“My favourite aspect of the gates is the way the composition of individual elements really works together to create beautiful imagery giving meaning to the community.

“Our students and I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in this project as we want to be able to give more to our direct community and the rest of our region.”

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