Community & Business

3 December, 2023

Mural highlights Chillagoe’s history

CHILLAGOE’S Town Hall has been given a new lease of life, with a colourful mural now gracing the front of the building.

Mural highlights Chillagoe’s history - feature photo

The mural, painted by professional, North Queensland-based artist Lavinia Letheby, is part of Mareeba Shire Council’s Public Mural Action Plan which has already delivered the “Earth and Fire” mural on Biboohra’s old water tanks.

The mural on the tanks has received national attention and has been added online to the Australian Silo Art Trail.

The Chillagoe mural was done in consultation with residents and traditional owners, with Lavinia’s inspiration for the artwork drawn from town’s rich cultural heritage and unique natural environment.

“I’m honoured to be able to create such significant artworks in small towns like Chillagoe,” Lavinia said.

“Getting to know the local community and exploring the towns surroundings makes these jobs just that little more special.”

The natural environment is displayed through the limestone karst and caves. A sea eagle in flight features in the mural, which, despite its name, can be found far inland.

Traditional owners requested the inclusion of Balancing Rock and the sea eagle as they are culturally significant to the Wakaman People.

The mural references tin mining heritage of the region and the ongoing importance of the cattle industries, including the significant role that First Nations stockmen have played.

“Located behind the war memorial, the mural also pays respect to the military service of Chillagoe residents,” Lavinia said.

In January, Lavinia will complete a mural on the Community Hall in Mutchilba.

Mayor Angela Toppin couldn't be happier with how the Public Mural program is progressing.

“The action plan will continue to enhance the visual appeal of our towns, reduce graffiti and increase cultural tourism,” she said.

Mareeba Shire’s arts and cultural sector is set to receive a boost with increased grant funding for 2023/24, with council recently awarded $34,125 from Arts Queensland which will contribute to the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Program this year.

“The second year of council’s Public Mural Plan will be implemented with this funding and will result in vibrant public artworks for Mutchilba, Chillagoe and Mareeba,” Mayor Toppin said.

“RADF grants for community-led arts, cultural activities and professional development activities for artists are available each year for a range of activities.”

The next round of community grants will be awarded by council in December.


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