The Childers Chamber of Commerce has revealed towering ambitions to see a mural painted on a prominent piece of infrastructure that stands proudly in the town’s CBD.
President Teena Mammino said promoting Childers and its surrounding district remained high on the agenda for the Childers Chamber of Commerce and her executive committee.
“The Chamber is delighted approaches to Bundaberg Regional Council have yielded a positive response regarding proposals to beautify the southern approach to Childers and to explore artistic possibilities for the local water tower.
“The Chamber is aware projects of this nature require significant consultation, planning and costing before any implementation,” Teena said.
“However, we are embarking on this journey to ensure Childers maintains its status as one of the most appealing towns on the national highway.
“Council has indicated that it is prepared to assist the chamber with the beautification of the Lions Drive area with the planting of additional trees. The area already has several Golden Pendas established and Council’s footpath upgrade has enhanced the area.
“While these trees are attractive at maturity the Chamber is of the opinion that a more colourful visage could be created to provide a “wow factor” for visitors entering Childers which is a doorway to the Bundaberg Region.
“Council has also provided permission for the Chamber to seek further information on developing suitable artwork or a mural for the water tower.
“The silo art trail in Victoria is well known and the images produced on grain silos are remarkable and certainly a drawcard for communities displaying this form of art,” Teena said.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was wonderful to see the Childers Chamber of Commerce so proactively engaged in enhancing the area.
“These are projects that have the potential to drive tourism numbers for our entire region, particularly the Childers Water Tower mural concept which I know will be welcomed by the whole of the community,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“Council is always looking at ways in which we can further improve our already beautiful part of the world but we know from experience that the best outcomes always come from working together with all stakeholders.
“It is so rewarding to see the Childers Chamber of Commerce taking the lead on this project and as a Council we look forward to supporting them in any way we can.”
Teena said there was still plenty of ground work to be done before the chamber could progress plans for the Childers Water Tower mural.
“Council has clearly identified and advised the Chamber of what may be considered as impediments to the project such as the extent of telecommunications equipment located on the tower.
“Members of the Chamber executive are already engaged in contacting locations where silo art has been implemented. We need to ascertain how to evolve the project and cost factors not only for any initial art but also the ongoing maintenance of the work.”
She said she was also pleased the Chamber was steadily growing its membership and involving the general community in initiatives like the recent successful Grant Writing Workshop.
The workshop provided attendees with the skills to compile grant applications which fully addressed all necessary criteria to ensure a maximum opportunity for project funding success,” Teena said.
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