The mural on the side of the Dimboola Café is now complete after four days of painting.
Former Dimboola resident Travis Price, who now works from home in Ballarat as a graphic designer, designed and led the painting.
Price gave a presentation at the Dimboola RSL rooms on Tuesday night where he outlined his journey from Dimboola to now having produced work for big companies and names, including Nike, Blink 182 and his “dream come true”: Mambo.
Students from all three schools have joined in with the painting, with students from Dimboola Primary School and Dimboola Memorial Secondary College visiting on Tuesday and St Peters Lutheran School (pictured below) on Wednesday.
Many other community members have also helped out.
The initial undercoat was painted last weekend by a dedicated group of volunteers, testing their patience: despite initial calculations suggesting that 10 litres of paint would be more than enough, the brick managed to soak up 38 litres.
Final touches were put on the painting on Thursday afternoon.
The project was conceived by the Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council several years ago, with then-youth councillors Kynan Clarke and Scott and Mark Polycarpou spearheading the idea. Trevor and Kerrie Clarke have also contributed significantly to the project.
Hindmarsh Shire Council has coordinated the project and has been supported by Freeza funding.
A positive addition to the streetscape
Price said at his presentation on Tuesday night that the colours he chose were selected to appropriately contrast with other colours already in the main street.
“I didn’t want to add more maroon and terracotta.”
The mural has a number of features to link it to the community and environment.
A key feature in the left-hand half of the image is a young lady swimming through the river – and the word Dimboola – and her flowing hair is to depict the river.
A wattle branch and sheaf of wheat show our community’s strong environmental and agricultural ties.
‘Watchegatcheca’ is the indigenous name for the area, and Nine Creeks is a former name of the Dimboola township.