Painting the town in colour

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

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.”

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