Numurkah goal for tower art

September 19, 2017

Needs a facelift...The water tower on MacKillop Way.

Helena Cornelia (left) and Marie Tuttle (right) are hoping to put artwork on Numurkah's water tower.

Two motivated Numurkah locals are hoping that an ambitious project can transform the local water tower into a piece of art in a bid to pay homage to the town’s history and boost tourism.

Marie Tuttle and Helena Cornelia came up with the idea several months ago and are hoping that with community support their vision can be realised.

The pair has reached out to a number of organisations including Goulburn Valley Water, which owns the water tower, as well as local politicians in an attempt to drum up support for the project.

The town’s water tower, which is located on MacKillop Way, is currently fenced off, and Ms Cornelia labels it ‘‘an eyesore’’.

She said she believed the idea had the potential to reinvigorate the tower and believed it could benefit the whole community.

‘‘I think the concept is a great idea and has the potential to be more than just decorative. It can also help tourism and make an eyesore a bit more of an attraction,’’ she said.

‘‘We’d be wanting to give the artist some inspiration and provide them with some things that are synonymous to this area.’’

The duo is hoping to recognise the town’s significant history through the artwork, and ideas include a recognition of Australian armed forces, agriculture, and Australian nun Mary MacKillop who was canonised by the Catholic church in 2010.

Ms Tuttle said a portrait of Saint Mary MacKillop would be a fitting tribute to the town’s history, given she opened the first Victorian Sisters of Joseph school in Numurkah in January 1890.

‘‘People in Australia would come anywhere to see Mary MacKillop,’’ she said.

Ms Tuttle and Ms Cornelia are hoping to encourage the community to allow the tower to be transformed, including engaging local business people and at-risk youth to transform their vision into reality.

A spokesperson for Goulburn Valley Water, which owns and operates the water tower, said the water authority would consider allowing the tower to be painted but would first need to examine a proposal covering a number of aspects including the artwork options, size and orientation, funding sources, community involvement and approval, and maintenance plan.

■Do you have a silo or water tower you would like to see transformed into a piece of art? We’d love to hear from you. Phone Alana Christensen on 5820 3237 or email

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