Big plan for tower

By Alana Christensen on September 26, 2017
  • Big plan for tower

    A group of Kyabram residents wants the town water in Albion St to be transformed by art.

Kyabram’s water tower could be set for a facelift if some residents get their way.

A number of community members, including Allan Weeks and Mary Bowman, have got together to drum up support to freshen up the Albion St tower.

Having come up with the idea a number of months ago, Mr Weeks said he had brought the idea to other members of the Kyabram Deakin Residents Ratepayers and Development Group, who had welcomed the idea with open arms at a meeting last week.

‘‘I’ve been pushing for this for quite some time,’’ he said.

‘‘Everyone is wrapped in the idea for the simple reason that Nathalia are looking to do the same thing.

‘‘It would help to create a tourist link,’’ he said.

Despite other towns considering undertaking projects to transform their own water towers, Mr Weeks still believes that Kyabram has a point of difference given there are what he describes as ‘‘four sections’’ to the tower.

While the town is still laying the groundwork to explore whether the project is possible, there have already been plenty of ideas about what should be portrayed on the painting, with a nod to beloved town events, including the rodeo and country music festival, suggested by Mr Weeks, as well as recognition of local agriculture.

‘‘Anything that brings people to the town has got to be all right,’’ Mr Weeks said.

Kyabram Deakin Residents Ratepayers and Development Group president Mary Bowman said it was a great idea that would reinvigorate the tower.

‘‘I think our water tower could do with a little bit of lightening up and a lot of people are interested in seeing it painted,’’ Mrs Bowman said.

‘‘I think people are interested in making our town a bit more attractive to tourists, we’re off the beaten track in Kyabram.

‘‘The town has a lot going for it if we can get people behind (the project).’’

The tower, which has a Campaspe Shire Council heritage overlay, was built in 1928 and is owned and managed by Goulburn Valley Water.

A spokesperson said Goulburn Valley Water would consider a proposal for the installation of a mural on the Kyabram water tower.

A proposal would need to include artwork options including size and orientation, funding sources, community involvement and approval, council approval, VicRoads approval and a maintenance plan to be considered.

Campaspe Shire Mayor Adrian Weston said the council would be open to exploring options for an art installation at the water tower but any project would require community support.

■Do you have a silo or water tower you would like to see transformed into a piece of art? We’d love to hear from you. Phone Alana Christensen on 5820 3237 or email [email protected]

By Alana Christensen on September 26, 2017

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