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WAN­DOAN is prob­a­bly not the first place one thinks of when it comes to orig­i­nal and won­der­ful art, but a new project due to be un­veiled on Fri­day could put the small Western Downs town on the map.

Fri­day marks the open­ing of a floor to ceil­ing pub­lic mu­ral in Wan­doan, the be­gin­ning of the Pocket Park Project and the first of eight projects funded by the Western Downs Tourism In­vest­ment Project.

The project is the in­spi­ra­tion of the Wan­doan Com­mu­nity Com­merce and In­dus­try group and will see lively mu­rals painted through­out Wan­doan, as a part of the $1.4 mil­lion joint ven­ture be­tween the coun­cil and Aus­tralia Pa­cific LNG cur­rently be­ing rolled out across the re­gion.

For the past week, artist in res­i­dence David Houghton has been in Wan­doan bring­ing a wall on the cor­ner of Royds St and Lawton St to life.

“The com­mu­nity has been great and there’s been a lot of good com­ments and peo­ple ask­ing what I’m do­ing and how it’s go­ing and a lot of in­ter­est,” Mr Houghton said.

“I’m paint­ing a few dif­fer­ent blends of colours rep­re­sent­ing the in­ner work­ings of the town plus some nat­u­ral fauna... it’s great to be out in Wan­doan and paint­ing a mu­ral for the com­mu­nity.

“I hope they all ben­e­fit from it.”

Coun­cil­lor for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Donna Ashurst said art and cul­ture were in­te­gral foun­da­tions of our com­mu­ni­ties.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see pub­lic art projects in Wan­doan and to have the very tal­ented David Houghton com­plet­ing the mu­ral is great for the town,” she said.

“It’s a boost to the tourism and eco­nomic growth of our re­gion and it’s some­thing beau­ti­ful the com­mu­nity can wan­der past and ad­mire.”

ARTIS­TIC STREAK: WDRC Coun­cil­lor Donna Ashurst with artist David Houghton with the mu­ral in Wan­doan.

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