Our water tank mural will highlight the wetlands at the Kyabram Fauna Park, a crucial tourism and environmental feature of Kyabram.
The Kyabram Project Committee’s efforts to bring a splash of colour to the Goulburn Valley water tank received a huge boost from the Victorian Government last month in the form of an $80,000 grant.
And while their current money total is enough to cover stage one of the project – which includes the cleaning, sealing, priming and painting of the water tank – another $38,000 was needed to fully complete it.
“Over $3000 has been raised through donations in the tins throughout the town and the committee is very appreciative of the community’s support. More funds are needed to move on to stage two and complete the project.
“The grant means the project can be completed in the next 12 months which is opportune given the COVID-19 effects. This project is the stimulus the town and district needs, which will result in benefits that will ripple through the community.”
Stage two will involve the leasing of the Kyabram Railway platform from VicTrack to serve as a viewing area, and the fencing and beautification of the surrounds.
“We estimate the economic return to Kyabram to be $1 million per year attracting over 20,000 visitors a year.
“The initial concept was to paint the Goulburn Valley Water Tower, but as this is heritage listed Goulburn Valley Water enthusiastically offered the use of their 500 square metre tank. This tank will be professionally prepared and painted,” she said.
“Artist Jimmy D’Vate is working on a final design and will commence in February when preparation is completed. There will also be two coats of sealant applied after his masterpiece is completed to maximise longevity. A scissor lift will be required for approximately six weeks.”