War veterans to be honoured

By Sharon Wright

Renowned fine artist and mural painter Cam Scale has been commissioned to transform Tatura’s water tower into a lasting memorial to Australia’s service personnel.

His work is already well-known in the Goulburn Valley, having completed the image of Private Daniel Cooper at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre.

Funding for the Tatura project came from a $25 000 Victorian Government grant, as part of the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program, to assist communities to remember veterans of war.

Tatura RSL Sub-branch vice-president Robert Mathieson said the murals of General John Monash and Trooper Alfred Clive Wooster would allow people to reflect and honour Australian troops.

General Monash was a civil engineer and Australian military commander of World War I, who oversaw the construction of the water tower in 1912.

Still in use today, the tower will also feature a portrait of Trooper Alfred Clive Wooster, a member of the Second Light Horse, who was killed in action in 1917.

“Tatura has a strong affiliation with the Light Horse, many soldiers from this area were in the Eighth Light Horse,” Mr Mathieson said.

The mural, which will commemorate the legacy of all veterans, is expected to be a beacon for the town and will be a valuable addition to the silo art trail and street art in neighbouring towns.

Mr Mathieson is hopeful the work will commence before the end of 2020.