The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­

YOUR reg­u­lar drive to Roma Air­port will soon be a whirl of colour, as you pass by Bas­sett Park.

Three artists from Bris­bane are cur­rently paint­ing the 100m wall on the out­side of Bas­sett Park with im­ages rep­re­sent­ing the Mara­noa re­gion.

Visit Roma has part­nered with Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil, Senex, Ori­gin and San­tos to fa­cil­i­tate the mu­ral with artists Sam and Josh Wilkin­son and Xana Den­ruyter.

The mu­ral is fur­ther sup­ported through the Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund, which is a part­ner­ship be­tween the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment and Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil to sup­port lo­cal arts and cul­ture in re­gional Queens­land.

“In the mu­ral we have in­cor­po­rated some rock art to in­clude the Abo­rig­i­nal as­pect of the town and we will in­clude some sten­cils of hands and then in the back we have the view from Carnar­von Gorge,” Sam said.

“We then have a za­mia plant, which is lo­cal plant that grows in the re­gion, and then we have a land­scape shot and an oil and gas rig up the other end.

“The whole pur­pose of the mu­ral is to be a sunrise through to the day and fin­ish with a sun­set so when peo­ple drive along they can go from the sunrise to the sun­set,” he said.

Bas­sett Park Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee chair­man and Mara­noa coun­cil­lor Cameron O’Neil said the coun­cil was thrilled to get this project off the ground.

“When I first started on the Bas­sett Park Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee some six years ago this was one of the first projects noted and here we are to­day with it com­ing to fruition,” he said.

“Coun­cil’s con­tri­bu­tion with Visit Roma, San­tos, Ori­gin and Senex has al­lowed this to come to life and it’s just an­other step of the over­all Bas­sett Park mas­ter plan and I hope it’s an­other way we can show the at­trac­tive­ness of our town and show­case our re­gion,” he said.

Coun­cil­lor Puddy Chan­dler added that the mu­ral was a valu­able as­set to the tourism sec­tor of the Mara­noa.

“Ev­ery town needs to have an iconic photo op­por­tu­nity and this pro­vides a great chance for pho­tos and is also a fan­tas­tic wel­come and farewell to town,” she said.

“It will cer­tainly at­tract a lot of at­ten­tion.”

Artists Sam and Xana be­gan paint­ing full-time to­gether a year ago and they are best known for their mu­rals us­ing pat­terns.

The two aim to have the mu­ral fin­ished by Sunday and hope it will draw peo­ple’s eyes.

“I hope this mu­ral brings a smile to ev­ery­one’s faces as they pass it and it brings them a sense of pride to be from Roma,” Sam said.

“We also hope that the mu­ral be­comes a photo op­por­tu­nity, es­pe­cially when the races are on,” Xana said.


SHOW­CAS­ING ROMA: Bris­bane artists Josh Wilkin­son, Sam Wilkin­son and Xana Den­ruyter are paint­ing a mu­ral out­side Bas­sett Park.

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