Public art continues to grow thanks to council funding

Published: 23 Jun 2021

Three new public art installations have received a green light thanks to council’s Activate My Place Grant program.

Approved today at council’s ordinary meeting, the three successful applicants will share $30,000 of funding.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the localities to benefit from public art revitalisations included Mackay, Sarina and the Pioneer Valley.

“Mackay Laneway Project, Marian State School P&C Association and Sarina Beach Progress Association all had the same tremendous idea of enhancing their public spaces with beautification works,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Public art is a fantastic way to energise a community asset, attract visitors and boost community pride, all while telling a local community’s story and history in a creative way,” he said.

Marian State School P&C Association’s mural will feature on a new brick wall on Kenny’s Road, Marian – about 25 metres from the Mackay-Eungella Road intersection.

Mayor Williamson said it was pleasing to note that Marian State School P&C intended to actively involve local high school students from Mirani in their project.

“This will provide a wonderful opportunity for students to be mentored by a professional artist and participate in the design which will live on in their community well past their schooling years,” he said.

Mackay Laneway Project’s 9th Lane Revitalisation will involve a large mural installation behind Wood Street Plaza, the laneway linking Sydney and Wood streets.

The larger vision for 9th Lane is to revitalise the whole laneway through art installations, incorporating the theme “Our Multicultural Neighbourhood”.

Sarina Beach Progress Association will install a beach-themed mural on the external walls of the toilet block at Sarina Beach which will then be unveiled at this year’s Sarina Beach Coconut Festival in September.