2 July, 2022
Gular’s big lift
In preparation for the fourth Pave the Way Festival, new billboards will be installed to suffice the lack of suitable mural surfaces.
But this type of installation doesn’t
just happen overnight. The three new
billboards approximately 7.2 metres by
2.4 metres in size, will require a big
clean up of the space where it will sit.
For this to come to fruition, Gulargambone
co-op are partnering with ‘The
Big Lift’, a student run organisation from
the University of Technology, Sydney.
At the beginning of July, 38 students
will visit overnight and work to clear the
immediate backdrop of the billboard site
along Gulargambone Creek.
Lions Club volunteers will be armed
with chainsaws and brushcutters, while
The Big Lift crew will, literally, lift the
debris from the creek bank to reveal the
immediate waters’ edge and sand banks,
making for a much more enjoyable and
“We are so excited to be visiting Gulargambone
and would like to acknowledge
the community for welcoming us
with open arms!” said communications
director at The Big Lift, Annie Lee.
“This initiative was scheduled to occur
July last year, but owing to the sudden
lockdown of regional areas due to
COVID-19, the trip was postponed until
The new billboards will be double
sided, to allow for six mural surfaces.
These new spaces will mean six artists
will be selected from a submission style
process. This year however, the co-op is
wanting artworks that are not only amazing,
but thought provoking.
“They could be a statement price,
even provocative, maybe political, protest,
environmental, contemporary life,”
said the Gulargambone co-op.
“These billboard artworks will be
positioned off the Castlereagh highway
on Gulargambone Road which runs off
the main street. To encourage highway
traffic to stop off to view the billboards
will require the feedback to be worthy of
a deviation to the visitor’s travels.”
The volunteers will enjoy dinner at
the two eight two eight Café provided by
the Gulargambone Co-op volunteers,
while learning all about the town.
They will sleepover at the Gulargambone Central School then after breakfast on Monday will slip into approximately four hours of heavy lifting, culminating in another volunteer prepared lunch.