From Bardon with Love: Girl Guides Gift Neurodiversity Mural to Indooroopilly

A colourful new mural celebrating neurodiversity has brightened up a street corner in Indooroopilly, thanks to the creative efforts of the youth organisation Girl Guides in Bardon.

Read: Bardon Girl Guides: Empowering Young Ladies in Queensland for 100 Years

The box is titled ‘Neurodiversity is Beautiful’ and was created by guide Amy after input from all of the Guides in the Auslan Guides unit. She completed painting an electrical box at the junction of Moggill Road and Coonan Street.

The guided group of Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing girls and leaders, who are all bilingual in Auslan and English, recently helped by sharing their ideas.

Photo credit: Girl Guides QLD: Bardon District/Facebook 

“This design is inspired by the diversity of brains, and how they might be under the same category but they might be slightly different. Each tree needs certain adjustments and conditions to not just grow but thrive. This is like people in real life,” said Amy.

“This group of trees / brains include: Autism, PDA, ADHD, Dyslexia, and more, each having their own unique size, colour and shape but all as beautiful as each other.”

Two quirky native animal characters – a wallaby and a bilby representing the group’s leaders – also made a cheeky appearance amid the vibrant trees.

The inspiring mural is the latest in a series of community artworks coordinated by Girl Guides Queensland’s Bardon District to increase neurodiversity awareness and visibility.

Read: Hidden Gem in Bardon: Civosity Park

Residents and visitors are encouraged to check out the eye-catching new addition bringing a splash of colour and important messaging to Indooroopilly’s streetscape.

About Girl Guides 

Photo credit: Girl Guides QLD: Bardon District/Facebook 

The Girl Guides group comprises a diverse blend of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing children and leaders, all fluent in both Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and English. They also include Guides with neurodiverse and physical disabilities. Their aim is to decorate a box to promote awareness of the essence of equality through inclusion and acceptance. The fundamental message emphasises the importance of respecting others, irrespective of their differences. 

Published 30-April-2024

Bardon Girl Guides: Empowering Young Ladies in Queensland for 100 Years

Bardon joins the rest of Queensland in celebrating Girl Guides centennial this 2019!

Established in 1919, Girl Guides is where young ladies foster friendship, build their character, acquire leadership, learn valuable life skills, and empower themselves to make a difference in society.

The organisation regularly holds meetings, sleepovers, campings, expeditions, hikes, and other activities that match the girls’ interests and abilities. The more experienced Girl Guides are also given the opportunity to travel and join other activities around Australia and across the globe. The sisterhood is part of the  World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

One of Girl Guides’ most prestigious members is Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who is also commemorating the group’s 100th year.

“I remember my time as a Girl Guide and the valuable lessons I learnt along the way. Not only were the values taught at home reinforced, I was introduced to a leadership program that has helped shape my political career. I look out at all the fresh, young faces and offer this advice; take hold of every opportunity Girl Guides Queensland offers you; continue to formulate opinions, voice them and embrace the experiences that lay ahead,” Ms  Palaszczuk said of her experience.

Photo Credit: Girl Guides Queensland/Facebook

The Girl Guides program is open to children from 5 to 18 years old. Interested ladies who want to become a part of this community are given a four-week trial before they make a firm decision to stick with the group.

Young girls who still wish to be a Girl Guide but may be set back by other commitments like school work or a family situation, and thus cannot join the activities regularly, can sign up to be a Lones Guide.

Photo Credit: Girl Guides QLD: Bardon District/Facebook

Those with limited physical abilities or have special needs may also join as Nowra Guides and buddy up with the rest of the girls. Nowra Guides, however, also a have a separate indoor camping activity.

Being a Girl Guide, however, can be a lasting and life-long experience as the younger ones may eventually become members of the Trefoild guild (18 years old and above), olaves (18 to 30 years old), and unit leaders.  

There are 16 regions with at least 140 districts that make up the Girl Guides Queensland. In Bardon, the community is located at Cecil Road near the Bardon Bowls Club and the Brisbane River.