Dimboola murals unveiled in Lochiel Street

THREE river-themed murals painted by volunteer artists have been unveiled in Lochiel Street, Dimboola.

Hindmarsh Shire Council chief executive Tony Doyle praised the volunteer force that put in hundreds of hours to paint the murals.

“The painting and installation of the art murals in Lochiel Street has created a lot of interest and they will certainly become an attraction in Dimboola,” he said.

“I am continuously impressed by the level of volunteer support that people contribute and by the range of talent that we have in the shire.

“The painting of these art murals further enhances that impression and clearly these murals would not have been established if not for the volunteers.”

The murals were commissioned by Hindmarsh Shire Council as a community project following the January 2011 floods.

A State Government grant provided funding for the project.

The larger mural was painted by community members, artists and children.

It depicts the Wimmera River and creek system that gave Dimboola its original name, Nine Creeks.

Dimboola Primary School teachers Colleen Bouts and Mary French, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College art teacher Debbie Moar and Wimmera indigenous artist Louis Rigney used the project to run art workshops and classes teaching children about the significance of the Wimmera River. 

Before being erected in Lochiel Street, the murals were on display at Flood Plains Gallery which is owned by artist Jenny Parkes.

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