Queen Street reservoir gets a makeover
  • Tuesday 11 November 2014
Queen St Reservoir

The votes are in and graffiti is out: Caloundra’s Queen Street water reservoir is about to be transformed with a mural design chosen by nearby residents.

Seven metres tall and perched high on Queen Street, the 74-year-old reservoir is an iconic landmark for the Caloundra community but its blank concrete has also made it an easy target for graffiti.

In the coming weeks local artists will be applying spray paint as they work hand-in-hand with disadvantaged youth to create an eye-catching artwork.

Unitywater’s Executive Manager Infrastructure Services Glen Babingto, said the Queen Street reservoir had suffered from recurring graffiti and, being a highly visible landmark, a positive change was needed.

“It can cost Unitywater up to $1500 each time we remove graffiti from our infrastructure and over the years these costs soon add up.

“Other utilities have shown that replacing blank walls with community art is a very successful way to deter repeat tagging,” he said.

Residents living near the Queen Street reservoir voted for their favourite mural design and in late November the Caloundra community will be able to watch the scenic hinterland mural emerge on the reservoir.

Sunshine Coast Council Division 2 Councillor Tim 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.”

The Queen Street mural is the second in a planned series of murals on Unitywater infrastructure in the Noosa, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions.