Painting poles for town pride
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.
POLE POSITION: Gayndah artists Wendy Kirk (left) and Joy Spry paint an Anzac soldier.