Unitywater conducted a four-week survey of residents and business operators from Peregian Beach and Marcus Beach in July, asking for their opinions on ways to improve the look of the 13-metre tall concrete water reservoir on David Low Way in an effort to prevent graffiti.

The survey attracted a total of 469 responses. The majority (just over 50%) voted for a painted artwork, while a screening of native plants attracted 44% of the vote and just 3% supported the “do nothing” option.

When asked for their thoughts on the style and theme for the design, the majority view was for a realistic painting. Many people suggested camouflaging the reservoir structure to blend into the environment.

“We would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey,” Unitywater Community Relations Specialist Kate Cash said. “But this is not the last time we want to hear from locals.

“We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from artists living in the Noosa Council area, based on a design brief created from community input. The selection panel will then short-list the designs, making sure they are in line with Noosa Council’s Design Principles and community preferences, and put them to another public vote.

“The design with the most votes will appear on the reservoir wall and the winning artist will receive a $4000 commission.

“It’s important to note that any Noosa-based artist can submit a design, but they do not have to complete the painting themselves. Unitywater is working closely with a public art agency which will support the artist and the community to turn the idea into reality.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Noosa-based artists to be a part of a high-quality public art process that aims to enhance the reservoir site and complement the region’s distinctive style and environmental landscape.”

There will be a briefing session for artists at the reservoir site at 4.30pm on Tuesday 1 September.

Artist submissions must be received by 9am on 25 September. Full details, including the design brief for artists, can be found at Community Artwork Program page.

WHAT THEY SAID… a snapshot of public feedback on a mural style and theme

  • “As Peregian means emu, perhaps an Aboriginal story depicting how it got its name.”
  • “The tower needs to blend in and disappear into the sky, not stick out.”
  • “Would be great to get the kids involved with their parents, have them stamp their hands and write their name and age.”
  • “I hope the outcome is a brave statement about Peregian Beach.”
  • “I would love to see the complete tank covered in an underwater theme.”
  • “The mural could feature the Gubbi Gubbi people’s knowledge of the land, fauna and flora.”

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