Flower power

Hilton Primary School student Carus Thompson with his winning Freo Builds concept.

HILTON Primary’s Carus Thompson has won a City of Fremantle competition with his crazy sci-fi take on the Dingo Flour Mill.

Tasked with redesigning Freo landmarks in imaginative ways, the year four student turned the flour mill into a mutant flower factory overflowing with blooms and vines, then added some robotic arms on the sides for good measure.

The Doctor Who-meets-Better Homes and Gardens design was one of six finalists whose ideas were transformed into colourful Lego creations and displayed in the Freo Builds Trail during the July school holidays.

The free event guided families around the port city to discover the builds and asked them to vote for their favourite.

After getting the most public votes for his design, Carus won The Ultimate Kids’ Excursion to Fremantle for his entire class, who will visit iconic sites like the Fremantle Prison, Cicerello’s and enjoy Nyoongar storytelling at the Walyalup Civic Centre. They’ll also take home vouchers for Toyworld Fremantle.

Carus said he was excited about winning and was looking forward to having a tour of Fremantle with his friends.

Hilton primary school principle Dr Carmel Bochenek said he was proud of the pupils’ creative efforts.

“We’re especially impressed that Carus worked on his entry, all by himself, at home,” he says.

The five other finalists in the Freo Builds School Competition were Aria (Year 2) and Orlando (Year 5) from White Gum Valley Primary School, Ezra (Year 3) and Isla (Year 4) from St Patricks Primary School, and Asha (Year 3) from Richmond Primary School.

Fremantle mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge said the Freo Builds Trail was a great success.

“For the past few years the city has staged activations during the school holidays with the aim of attracting more families to Fremantle and supporting local businesses,” mayor Fitzhardinge said. 

“These have ranged from dinosaur trails to superheroes, carnival rides and Easter egg hunts. The Freo Builds Trail was one of our biggest activations to date, attracting more than 17,800 visitors across the 14 days.”

Visitors who completed the Freo Builds Trail and voted for their favourite design also went into the draw to win prizes including a Fremantle Prison family pass, an HMAS Ovens Submarine Tour family pass and vouchers for Toyworld Fremantle, Cicerello’s, Twin Fin Fremantle, Fremantle Markets and FOMO.

To see the full list of winners go to the website visitfremantle.com.au/article/freobuilds 

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