New colour comes to Caloundra
  • Wednesday 03 December 2014
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Sick of seeing graffiti on the Queen Street water reservoir? So is Unitywater. That’s why they worked hand in hand with the community to swap the graffiti on the Queen Street reservoir for a colourful mural this week.

Caloundra Rotary members rolled up their sleeves with local residents and Sunshine Coast Divisional Councillor Tim Dwyer to paint the first brush strokes of a tranquil hinterland scene chosen by the community for reservoir.

Unitywater Community Relations Specialist Kate Cash said the Caloundra reservoir had suffered from recurring graffiti and, as a highly visible landmark, a positive change was needed.

“It costs Unitywater between $200 and $1500 to remove graffiti from our infrastructure whereas murals have proven successful in deterring repeat tagging, replacing blank walls with community art.

“This is one of the ways we are reducing our operating costs to keep bills as low as possible for our customers.”

The transformation of the iconic water tower has been welcomed by nearby residents, particularly Ms Cheryl Cowie who has lived next to the tower since the 1960’s when it was built.

Cr Dwyer welcomed the mural project which, he said, would turn a bland concrete wall into a piece of community art.

"This is a project I have worked on for quite some time so it's terrific to see it coming together," Cr Dwyer said.

"As well as the mural brightening up the reservoir walls, I hope those who have tagged the location in the past will come to appreciate and respect the wonderful piece of public art being installed.

“This is another great example of the community working together to produce something that is meaningful to them while revitalising the area for everyone who visits or lives nearby.”

For more information on Unitywater’s Mural Project visit: www.unitywater.com/muralsproject