Another splash of colour has been added to the Nelson Bay Post Office corner, which has often been described as one of the CBD's least appealing streetscapes.
In an attempt to brighten up the area, volunteers from Nelson Bay Civic Pride Group have upcycled some large garden pots and painted them to match the public seats.
A co-operative arrangement with a group of artists from the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre has seen colourful nautical and nature themed artwork added.
"I was absolutely delighted when I collected the pots and saw the outstanding talents of the artists," said Civic Pride gardening group member Margaret Wilkinson.
"We just cannot thank Meryl Miller, Nada O'Loughlin, Jeannette Robertson, Judy Jones, Christine Leeming and Nikki Waters enough for their valuable contribution."
The Civic Pride gardening group is part of the Tomaree Business Chamber formed following the successful community working bee held in May last year. Volunteers have been assisting the shopkeepers, who have sponsored gardens, with watering and maintenance.
"This has helped to bring out the most colourful display of spring flowers we have seen in Nelson Bay for many years," said Ms Wilkinson.
"The compliments have come thick and fast and the handful of volunteers find the work most rewarding, even if it means an early start to the day."
One of the many complimentary comments read: "The people who look after these gardens deserve a medal. I have been away for some months and return to see the town alive and looking beautiful. It makes such a difference - the town looks so loved. Keep it up."
The Civic Pride volunteers also tend to those gardens not yet sponsored while Port Stephens Council provides the mulch. Plaque organiser Ian Spight is always on the lookout for new sponsors. Phone 4984 4751.
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