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Local artist Elena Elefterescu is saying ‘it’s time’ to embrace Melton as a beautiful place to live – volunteering her time to lead local residents in creating a hand-made floral mosaic clock that will welcome visitors to the new Bridge Rd Children’s and Community Centre.

“This colourful clock announces ‘it is time’ for us to celebrate art, creativity and community,” Ms Elefterescu said.

“To me this community art project makes the statement that ‘we are one’. I truly believe that in working together, as a community, we can accomplish more than we can alone.

“By creating this mosaic for the community centre, I wanted to offer my open heart and expertise to this wonderful community we live in. This is the way in which I chose to share my abundance of love and knowledge in the art domain,” she said.

Ms Elefterescu works as an artist, teacher and therapist in Melton, after moving to the area with her family more than two years ago. She is passionate about the power of art to boost creative thinking in children and adults – and firmly believes it can enhance self-esteem and set people on a path to designing the life of their choosing.

The floral art piece for Atherstone is the first of two community art projects let by Ms Elefterescu set to adorn the Children’s and Community Centre. The projects are being delivered through a collaboration between Melton City Council, YMCA Victoria and Atherstone developer, Lend Lease.

The second instalment will be completed on in late April 2015 at the new centre, located at 212 Bridge Rd, Melton South. All Melton community members are invited to take part. To become involved, residents can contact the Atherstone information centre on 1800 981 644.

Budding artists, young and old, can also enrol to attend one of Ms Elefterescu’s many Melton art classes, run several days a week at the South Melton Community Centre, located at 41 Exford Road. Students can take-up the art of mosaic, jewellery making, painting, drawing, printing and fashion.

Atherstone developer Lend Lease, is working closely with council and the local community to ensure its new Melton community will be a place to be proud of.

“Our goal in building Atherstone is to create the opportunity for people to realise their dreams and purchase their first home or their family home,” said Lend Lease General Manager, Neil O’Connor.

“Taking a dedicated approach to ‘placemaking’, we are collaborating with council, local community groups, and dedicated local residents, like Ms Elefterescu, to build more than just houses at Atherstone. We are building a connected community, with places for people to gather – like the new Bridge Road centre – with schools, parkland, and a business precinct – a place where people can live, work and enjoy.

“The community art project led by Ms Elefterescu is just one, early, example of our work to make Atherstone a community of proud home buyers, living out their version of the Australian dream,” Mr O’Connor said.