Big plan for tower

Shepparton News - Country News - - FRONT PAGE - By Alana Chris­tensen

Kyabram’s wa­ter tower could be set for a facelift if some res­i­dents get their way.

A num­ber of community mem­bers, in­clud­ing Allan Weeks and Mary Bow­man, have got to­gether to drum up sup­port to freshen up the Al­bion St tower.

Hav­ing come up with the idea a num­ber of months ago, Mr Weeks said he had brought the idea to other mem­bers of the Kyabram Deakin Res­i­dents Ratepay­ers and Devel­op­ment Group, who had wel­comed the idea with open arms at a meet­ing last week.

‘‘I’ve been pushing for this for quite some time,’’ he said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is wrapped in the idea for the sim­ple rea­son that Nathalia are look­ing to do the same thing.

‘‘It would help to cre­ate a tourist link,’’ he said.

De­spite other towns con­sid­er­ing un­der­tak­ing projects to trans­form their own wa­ter tow­ers, Mr Weeks still be­lieves that Kyabram has a point of dif­fer­ence given there are what he de­scribes as ‘‘four sec­tions’’ to the tower.

While the town is still lay­ing the ground­work to ex­plore whether the pro­ject is pos­si­ble, there have al­ready been plenty of ideas about what should be por­trayed on the paint­ing, with a nod to beloved town events, in­clud­ing the rodeo and coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val, sug­gested by Mr Weeks, as well as recog­ni­tion of lo­cal agri­cul­ture.

‘‘Any­thing that brings peo­ple to the town has got to be all right,’’ Mr Weeks said.

Kyabram Deakin Res­i­dents Ratepay­ers and Devel­op­ment Group pres­i­dent Mary Bow­man said it was a great idea that would rein­vig­o­rate the tower.

‘‘I think our wa­ter tower could do with a lit­tle bit of light­en­ing up and a lot of peo­ple are in­ter­ested in see­ing it painted,’’ Mrs Bow­man said.

‘‘I think peo­ple are in­ter­ested in mak­ing our town a bit more at­trac­tive to tourists, we’re off the beaten track in Kyabram.

‘‘The town has a lot go­ing for it if we can get peo­ple be­hind (the pro­ject).’’

The tower, which has a Cam­paspe Shire Coun­cil her­itage over­lay, was built in 1928 and is owned and man­aged by Goul­burn Val­ley Wa­ter.

A spokesper­son said Goul­burn Val­ley Wa­ter would con­sider a pro­posal for the in­stal­la­tion of a mu­ral on the Kyabram wa­ter tower.

A pro­posal would need to in­clude art­work op­tions in­clud­ing size and ori­en­ta­tion, fund­ing sources, community in­volve­ment and ap­proval, coun­cil ap­proval, VicRoads ap­proval and a main­te­nance plan to be con­sid­ered.

Cam­paspe Shire Mayor Adrian We­ston said the coun­cil would be open to ex­plor­ing op­tions for an art in­stal­la­tion at the wa­ter tower but any pro­ject would re­quire community sup­port. ■ Do you have a silo or wa­ter tower you would like to see trans­formed into a piece of art? We’d love to hear from you. Phone Alana Chris­tensen on 5820 3237 or email alana.chris­tensen@ shep­p­ High hopes . . . A group of Kyabram res­i­dents wants the town wa­ter tower in Al­bion St to be trans­formed by art.

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