A Mount Isa water tank will receive a facelift when a new mural features elements of the region, as part of Council's beautification works.
More than 200 people responded to Mount Isa City Council's water tank mural survey to find out what locals wanted to highlight on the space. Elements included Lake Moondarra and local waterfalls, outback scenery - sunsets, rocky landscapes, spinifex, local birdlife and fish species.
Mount Isa City Council mayor Joyce McCulloch said artists were on site this week establishing the foundation of the mural and would be completed by the end of the month.
"We believe public art is an important factor in creating a vibrant and lively city centre," Cr McCulloch said.
"It helps to create an inviting and aesthetically pleasing space, as well as encouraging city pride. We conducted a city-wide arts and culture survey in 2018, and public art and murals in particular were highly ranked by respondents."
Cr McCulloch said the mural would benefit the community by encouraging community pride and city beautification.
"The visual appeal of street art is known to improve economic and social benefits of the communities it belongs to," she said.
"The murals represent the community. Each piece we are able to facilitate is only done after consultation with the community who ultimately determine the final design."
This is not the only mural that has been tasked in Mount Isa, with the Mount Isa Fun Park mural completed recently.
"The Fun Park was chosen as the previous mural had come to the end of its life, and as such a popular space for families and children, we believed it required some bright and fun new artwork to complement the facility and engage with children," Cr McCulloch said.
"We've received extremely positive feedback in many ways with people telling us how much they love it. We're seeing people taking photos of themselves and their children in front of it."
Cr McCulloch said there was potential for more murals around town and Council were open to suggestions.
"We will continue to seek funding so that we can facilitate more public art and installations," she said.
"We'll continue to seek community opinion and align our funding and projects with what our residents want to see for their city.
"The opportunities are endless."
The water tank mural was funded in partnership with Red Ridge Interiors - Trailblazing the West, and Red Ridge Regional Arts Services Network contribution, they required a contribution of $7,000 from each Council involved in the project.
The Fun Park Mural cost $10,000 and was a Council initiated project funded by RADF.
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