MANDURAH’s water towers could soon be glowing with colour and environmental art works if Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) has its way.
PHCC wants the towers to be part of a community arts project in which they would be painted to celebrate the Ramsar (protected) status of local waterways.
The Peel-Harvey is an internationally significant wetland and the PHCC are working across a number of projects, in line with Australia’s First Wetlands and People Plan, to put our Ramsar listed wetland on the global map.
PHCC sought $100,000 on the draft Budget from the City of Mandurah and funding from other organisations towards the $300,000 project which is seen as a large-scale public initiative that would highlight the protected wetlands that are internationally significant for the broad range of plants, marine life, and migratory bird species they support.
Five towers have been identified as potential sites – the Wine Glass and the Mushroom at Halls Head and those at Dower Street, Caddadup and just south of the Mandjoogoordap Drive roundabout. Safety and access viability is currently being undertaken with the Water Corporation, the owner of the water towers.
Depending on how many towers could be painted, the project would be expected to run over two years.
According to a report to the council, designs had not been decided but a selection of artists with experience in large scale artworks would be briefed to provide a concept plan aimed at transforming industrial infrastructure into a compelling attraction.
A secondary outcome would be the creation of a unique project using Mandurah’s cultural, ecological and physical assets to encourage growth in the tourism market.
The City of Mandurah supported the project in principal at its meeting last night and will ask the Catchment Council to make a formal presentation of its proposal.