Icons and town halls in the South West light up yellow for hope

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Shannon VerhagenSouth Western Times
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As a symbol of hope in a time of crisis, South West icons are being lit up yellow and shining bright each night.

From the Koombana Footbridge and Mangrove Cove Tower to the lights atop Grand Cinemas Bunbury, a number of sites will become yellow beacons after dark as a show of support during the coronavirus pandemic. Bunbury City Council launched the campaign on Wednesday, encouraging other local governments to get on board to promote positivity and connection within the region.

And many have jumped at the chance.

Other locations set to shine include Fergus the Bull, Brunswick’s Cow Corner, Nannup’s Town Hall and Christmas tree, the City of Busselton administration building and Binningup’s entry statement.

It was the brainchild of the council’s acting manager of people and place Kerry Shaw, who wanted to do something to bring some positivity to the community during a stressful time.

“As yellow represents hope, optimism and positivity, the campaign aims to send a positive message to our communities and act as a platform for connection,” she said.

“Positive social connection is important to help reduce feelings of isolation. Everything we are currently being told around social distancing contrasts with what we usually hear about staying mentally healthy through social connection.”

She encouraged everyone to be kind to one another, particularly to those working in essential services.

The icons will be lit yellow until April 30.

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