19 April, 2023
Cultural precinct looking for colour boost through murals
After several projects and developments of the Gilgandra Cultural Precinct, the council are now looking to complete a set of murals to engage the public and create a new attraction to the area.
These murals represent the continual
push by council to establish Gilgandra as
a place to visit rather than a place on the
road to pass through. By creating attractions
and things to do is it hoped that
tourists to the region will take the time to
stay in Gilgandra. Offering attractions is
seen as an obvious and direct way to
achieve this goal.
The council have been pursuing the
development of the cultural precinct and
the beautification of Miller Street, as part
of the effort towards making Gilgandra a
In the Stronger Communities Fund
Round five, the council also received
funding towards the beautification of the
Castlereagh River. Part of that funding is
for public art.
The proposed murals will be another
addition to the growing quantity of
murals, paintings and attractions featuring
artistic work within the Gilgandra
area and town.
Already there are the murals on
Bridge Street celebrating the Coo-ee
March along with the landscape painting
celebrating the Gilgandra’s bush environment
on Miller Street.
The Windmill Walk windmills have
recently been decorated to increase the
vibrancy and attractiveness of the windmills,
and the ‘Flying Pigs’ will also
return to the laneway of The Gil Library
A lot of these artworks and paintings
are of contemporary design and appreciation.
Recognising the recent history of
the region is important to the community.
As of yet, there aren’t many instances
of artworks, such as murals, which depict
the ancient Indigenous peoples and their
history of and within the area. Whether
the new murals planned by the council
will explore this aspect is unknown,
however, representation of the community’s
identity and values would also
include an appreciation for the cultural
significance of Gilgandra’s Indigenous
The council has put out an enquiry for
suitable artists or designers for the
“design, supply and installation of
murals and associated site works.”
Over the last few years murals have
started to emerge on silos and buildings,
across western NSW with the idea that
the murals can show aspects and qualities
of a town and community that
tourists may not see otherwise.
Murals also provide an opportunity
for communities to express part of their
identity through a vivid and engaging
image. The creation of murals in other
regional shires has been met with positive
feedback from within those communities
while also enticing people to discover
and visit places they may not have
thought of before.
The success of the
NSW Silo Art Road Trip and the
Australian Silo Art Trail are some examples
of the impact that murals can
For the meantime, the prerogative of
the council is to find someone who is
highly skilled and capable to complete
the work so that the murals can show a
high-quality representation of the community.
For just as a poor-quality product can ruin the experience for the user of that product, a high quality, well created product can enhance and enrich their engagement and foster further interactions. These are of course ideal goals, and it will take time to see whether these murals and the contribution they may make to the community and the town, can achieve them.