A 25-metre-high community mural celebrating the ANZAC spirit was unveiled today on the historic King Street Water Tower in Caboolture.
As part of Unitywater’s Community Artwork Program, the concept was created in collaboration with Caboolture RSL, Bolton Clarke Fernhill aged care community and the local community with almost 3,700 residents voting on the final designs.
The ANZAC-inspired mural reflects the history of the site, which sits adjacent to the former Fernhill Village – now Bolton Clarke Fernhill aged care community – a home that cared for returned veterans when it opened in the 1950s.
The King Street Water Tower mural is the 16th artwork in Unitywater’s Community Artwork Program, which transforms reservoirs, water towers and pump stations across the region into larger than life murals that reflect the local community and help deter graffiti.
Caboolture RSL President Bruce Miller, who worked closely on the design with local artists The Brightsiders, said he was happy to see a mural that reflected the rich history of the area.
“The land and original house that stood on the site next to the tower was donated to the RSL after World War II by war veteran Mr James Newman. After some building upgrades, the facility was opened on 4 May 1950 as a War Veterans Home,” Mr Miller said.
“In recent years the water tower has been the location of the dawn service and the marshalling area of the town’s ANZAC Day march.”
Unitywater Executive Manager Customer and Community Katherine Gee said she hoped the mural would become a cherished part of the community.
“Our artwork program is all about enlivening the communities that we live and work in, creating something that is of value to them,” Ms Gee said.
“Often the inspiration for the artwork comes from the location, the heritage of the site and the locals who live and work here, and that is certainly the case with this ANZAC-inspired mural which resonated strongly with Caboolture residents.
“I hope this new artwork will be celebrated and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike for many years to come.”
For more information on the Unitywater Artwork Program, visit www.unitywater.com/community.