More funds needed to paint Kyabram water tank

By Country News

Kyabram will have a brand new attraction once the Goulburn Valley Water treatment plant's water tank is painted by renowned artist Jimmy DVate.

The project has been a slow-burn, with just over $10 000 raised, out of the $80 000 required to finish the project.

Kyabram Project Committee chair Allan Weeks said the committee would not give up and would be applying for grants now the new year was here.

“The community are excited by the number of people the art will bring,” Mr Weeks said.

“We received an anonymous donation of $1000 and there's about 30 collection tins around town; one business filled two tins, which raised $590 in one and $510 in the other.”

All sides of the water tank will be painted with the theme of wetland birds and endangered species.

The tank will have three to four main features with leaves filling the background, and Mr DVate has taken reference photographs of local birds in the surrounding area.

Goulburn Valley Water service delivery general manager Daniel Flanagan said he was proud to collaborate with the committee and create something that would benefit Kyabram.

“This project will help promote Kyabram’s strong community values and long history of native fauna management and its relationship to water in our region,” Mr Flanagan said.

“We hope this will encourage more community discussion and encourage Kyabram’s residents to support the Kyabram Project Committee to complete this important community initiative.”

The committee has six active members who have been working on the project for three years.

“The tank has to be cleaned, painted and then sealer paint has to be put on so that the paint on the silos doesn't fade,” Mr Weeks said.

“The legal side has to have insurances, it's very complicated to do it correctly and on Goulburn Valley Water property, everyone there has to be inducted.”