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Florist’s Art Competition Winner Picked

Mayor Joyce McCulloch is delighted with the quality of entries for Mount Isa Florist’s Art Competition, with St Kieran’s student Linkyn MacMillan taking the top prize. Linkyn’s entry has won his school $300 cash.

The florist, on the corner of Rodeo Drive and Miles Street, is owned by Tutera “Toots” Tutera.

Ms Tutera decided that, rather than decorate her shop with Christmas-themed ornaments and embellishments, she would instead ask local primary school students to draw or paint pictures that represented what came to mind when they thought of the florist shop.

“It was something to give back to the young ones. Instead of decorating with Christmas items, I decorated with the students’ art,” Ms Tutera said.

Two schools – Healy State School and St Kieran’s Primary School – took part, with a total of 37 entries submitted – 20 from Healy, and 17 from St Kieran’s.

Of those, the winner was picked and announced on Wednesday, December 5 when Cr McCulloch chose St Kieran’s Primary School’s Linkyn MacMillan’s drawing, which depicted not just the shop, but also the Mount Isa Mines stacks and infrastructure, which highly impressed Cr McCulloch.

Cr McCulloch praised Ms Tutera and Mount Isa Florist, saying she supported such a creative and imaginative initiative from a local small business.