Tungamah silo art launch

February 13, 2018

Blank canvas . . . Broome artist Sobrane and Tungamah silo owner Will Cooper stand in front of the large silo canvas.

Having fun . . . Jack Costigan, 11, and Bradley Burrows, 10, of Mulwala pose for a photo in the jumping castle.

At the silo . . . Judi Dodd and Marg Duffy of Tungamah, with Chaye Saunders, 7, and Bec Duffy of Lake Rowan.

Community day . . . Brendan Lawrence, Tom and Renee Wren and Frank Einsporn, all of Tungamah, enjoy the community day out.

A celebration of brolgas is what you will soon see as you drive past the Tungamah silo.

The theme was announced at a community day, attended by about 200 people, at the Tungamah caravan park on Sunday.

The day was used to spruik the town’s new five-year Community Kickstart Plan, which included the announcement of what would be painted on the silo as well as the commencement of the artwork.

The silo’s owner Will Cooper said the idea to put artwork on the cement structure was aimed at keeping the town of Tungamah thriving.

‘‘A key driver for us was to keep Tungamah a strong and healthy town,’’ he said.

‘‘The community were keen and wanted it to happen.

‘‘It was an easy decision to be a part of it, to make Tungamah a better place.

‘‘A bit of artwork on the silos will help (with this aim).’’

For Broome artist Sobrane, this will be her first project on a silo but she has done other projects all over the globe.

‘‘Not on a silo — but I have done artwork on a 36m wall in Italy,’’ she said.

In addition to the Italy project, Sobrane has also completed street art in Broome and artwork on army bases in Port Hedland and Broome.

Sobrane said she had been talking with Mr Cooper since November 2016 about the silo project, which will take between seven and 10 days.

‘‘I started talking about it with Will in November 2016. They had to put it aside for six months as they were waiting for funding, and when Will said it’s definitely happening I started training.

‘‘It’s really demanding work for three days and then I’ll have a break to let the body recover,’’ she said.

Tungamah Primary School’s principal Gemma Whinray said she wanted the children to cherish a history-making moment for the town.

‘‘It’s amazing to have that in our town. I want the kids to watch Sobrane so they can say in 20 years that they saw it being painted,’’ she said.

As part of the Kickstart program, the town will also make the diesel tank more accessible for locals and tourists to use.

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