'REOPENING ROCKS' will be yelled from the rooftops as the state takes it's first steps towards COVID normal today.
While there is some community concern about a return-to-normal, locals have given new meaning to the phrase that's bound to rock your socks off.
Tamworth True, a Facebook group started by Jody Ekert to spread positivity during the pandemic, challenged members to paint and hide rocks around the town to celebrate the reopening.
The initiative asks locals to get their creative juices flowing while getting in touch with the great outdoors.
"Grab some rocks and paint or decorate them and then hide them somewhere in public," Ms Ekert said.
"We're not asking people to spend a whole heap of money ... you can do it in your local area."
Apart from being a fun craft activity, Ms Ekert said the challenge had a deeper meaning.
"Some people are seeing Monday as a day that will rock and be fabulous," she said.
"They can travel more and have some more freedoms.
"But some people might actually be very scared and worried about what's going to happen."
Ms Ekert said the initiative was therefore designed to be an activity that would spark conversations about the reopening.
"It's a launching pad to talk about how you are," she said.
Taking part was a no brainer for local artist Joanne Stead who hid her rocks, which feature paintings of birds, patterns and messages of hope, in Bicentennial Park.
"One had a heart and said 'you are loved' just if anybody needs to hear that," she said.
Ms Stead said the initiative was the perfect opportunity for people to check in with themselves.
"It's a good idea just to get people to think about how they are feeling and have time to reflect on that when they are thinking up a design or painting their rock," she said.
And, she felt the nature of the activity meant it would also appeal to children, allowing them to join in the conversation.
"If you're doing the activity at home with your kids it's a good chance to talk to them about how they are feeling," she said.
Those who are keen to unleash their inner Picasso are encouraged to share photos of their rocks and the meaning behind them in the online Facebook group.
"Social media sometimes gets a bad rep of being a place where terrible things happen," Ms Ekert said.
"This is the positive side of social media.
"It's a nice way to remember that good things can come from this too."