Paint­ing poles for town pride

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

TELE­GRAPH poles in Gayn­dah will soon con­vey a new mes­sage – town pride.

At least five poles are re­ceiv­ing a painted makeover, each with a dis­tinc­tive de­sign, such as bul­locks, his­tor­i­cal houses, the cit­rus in­dus­try or in­dige­nous her­itage.

Project or­gan­iser Kerry Slack said some poles were painted in 2002 as part of a Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund­ing grant, and it was time to perk up the main street.

“The place looks a bloody mess (but) when I left six years ago, it was lovely,” Ms Slack said.

So, not­ing how tidy Mun­dub­bera looks on en­try, she re­cruited lo­cal artists.

Un­der the brushes of Wendy Kirk and Joy Spry on Tues­day, the pole out­side McGil­very’s Elec­tri­cal re­ceived an An­zac de­sign, in­clud­ing sol­dier and nurse.

An­nema­ree McGil­very said the An­zac de­sign was ap­pro­pri­ate as the town’s me­mo­rial used to be be­tween the Grand Ho­tel and their shop, and had per­sonal sig­nif­i­cance.

Dur­ing the 1978 An­zac Day ser­vice, she said her fa­ther-in-law Keith McGil­very an­nounced the im­pend­ing birth of daugh­ter Re­nee.

“That was how my mother learnt I was in hos­pi­tal,” she said.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

POLE PO­SI­TION: Gayn­dah artists Wendy Kirk (left) and Joy Spry paint an An­zac sol­dier.

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