The Thallon silos have been recognised among the best street art in Australia.
The Thallon silos have been recognised among the best street art in Australia. James Gard

REVEALED: The plan for a major silo art project in Monto

PROJECTS put forward by Monto's community development group has won the community's vote at their town renewal meeting.

Research completed by Monto Magic Tourism and Action Group (MMTAG) showed their proposed developments were going to be within budget and would be completed within schedule.

Each township in the North Burnett Regional Council will receive $120,000 for the renewal projects, all thanks to federal funding.

Community consultation meetings were held across the region, with Monto's being held on February 13 at the shire hall.

Councillor for division one Paul Lobegeier and community development officer Ryan Nielson hosted the evening, fielding suggestions from concerned community members.

All suggestions, large and small, were recorded for these funds, and future projects.

Deliberations at the community consultation for Monto's Drought Relief Fund. Picture: Sam Turner.
Deliberations at the community consultation for Monto's Drought Relief Fund. Picture: Sam Turner.

Ideas similar to those included in the Rural Aid meetings were heard, relating to proper signage and tourist attractions in the CBD.

"It's something that the community has really voiced in the past few weeks," said one resident.

"Leading people into the centre of town is what I'm hearing … and beautifying our main street and buildings, collaborating with council, business owners and Rural Aid in order to have a bit of a wow factor."

Members of MMTAG were in attendance, and put forward their proposal for several projects as a package, or individually.

MMTAG president Melinda Jones said their main project was grain silo art, which she said was something that was "shovel ready".

"It's something that Monto Magic has been working on based on community opinion," Mrs Jones said.

"And we've got a lot of feedback for that."

Overall their proposal included grain silo art, water tower art, an art business mural, fibre glass cow statues, entry billboard signage repairs and online tourist driving tours.

"That's the project in its entirety that we've been able to cost, using as much local support as possible.

"The total cost can be completed inside the budget."

 

Voting at Monto's Drought Relief Fund meeting. Picture: Sam Turner.
Voting at Monto's Drought Relief Fund meeting. Picture: Sam Turner.

Another member of MMTAG believed the benefits these improvements would have to the town would be "overwhelming".

"We've received advice from towns all over Australia who have done murals to attract visitors, and they're overwhelmed," she said.

"It enhances your business sector."

Similar results can be seen in the Balonne Shire, with the impressive Thallon GrainCorp Silo Murals.

Winning the Best of the Best and Best Rural Art categories at the Australian Street Art Awards in 2019, the attraction has been successful in luring visitors to the town. 

Balonne Shire Mayor Richard Marsh praised the Thallon community for their commitment to putting their town on the map, and providing ongoing substantial economic benefit, and antional exposure. 

"These silos are now part of a wider Silo Art Trail, and have played an important part in drawing travellers to our region." 

Several other suggestions were expressed at the forum including bubblers for the main street, refurbishment of the shire hall, a permanent fixture for funerals at the cemetery and a large tourist map.

Votes were cast at the end of the night, with MMTAG projects winning the majority.

This was followed by improved road signage, tourist signage, town beautification, and a big ticket display.

All projects in each North Burnett town need to be completed before June 30, 2020.