Almost 1,000 residents helped select the winning design by voting online or in person, with 86 percent being in favour of the Coastal Wildlife concept which features a vibrant display of local flora and fauna.

Unitywater Manager Communications and Engagement Jana Dore said in response to recent feedback from the community, the final design will incorporate the yellow-tailed black cockatoo.

“Some of our eagle-eyed customers made sure the most common species of black cockatoo was used, which featured a red tail in our original concept,” Ms Dore said.

“An avian expert confirmed the bird that calls Beachmere home is in fact the yellow-tailed black cockatoo and we worked with our artists to change the colours accordingly.

“We thank those who brought this to our attention and the broader community for helping us pick a winner.”

Ms Dore said work to prepare the tower for painting had begun, with its completion to coincide with the 150th birthday celebrations for the beachside village in May.

“Transforming the water tower truly symbolises what’s important to locals and why Beachmere is such a stunning place to live, work and play,” she said.

“Once completed, it will join Unitywater’s other key sites on the Community Artwork Trail, which people can already visit.”

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