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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.

By Emily Middleton

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.

Co-op and 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 connected riverwalk.

“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 2022.”

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.

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