Blacktown Council has unveiled a leaf-shaped Glenwood gateway sign in honour of late councillor and former mayor Leo Kelly.
Cr Kelly was approached by Glenwood High School students and brought the project to council.
Cr Julie Griffiths joined year 10 students Jayden Trenkoski, Brooke Bonnel, Taylah Scutts, Keely MacDonald and Daniel Gail to unveil the sign at the council’s Have Your Say forum at Glenwood Community Hub on Wednesday night.
The students said the design is a rustic leaf-shaped figure plated with silver letters of Glenwood. Within the leaf there are small patterns and cut-outs for light to pass through during the day and to allow for solar lights at night.
“This project is a special recognition that marks the legacy of Mr Kelly,” mayor Stephen Bali said.
“I remember how excited Leo was when he came home and told me about the plans he had for the sign and the community,” his widow, Janet, said at the forum.
“He would be so proud today to see what the students have done. Thank you for making this happen in his memory.”
The process involved workshops between the students and council staff. “This level of engagement with the school students...resulted in a wonderful design that reflects the school and the Glenwood environment,” Cr Bali said.
“Aspects considered during the design phase included the local landscape and environment, and the connection between the school community and the design.”