PROUD: Thallon Progress Association Secretary Leanne Brosnan and artist Travis Vinson (DRAPL) accepting their award.
PROUD: Thallon Progress Association Secretary Leanne Brosnan and artist Travis Vinson (DRAPL) accepting their award.

Thallon GrainCorp Silo Mural named Best of the Best

THE THALLON GrainCorp Silo Mural has won the hearts of locals and visitors since its completion in 2017, but now it also a prestigious award to its name.

Joel Fergie (The Zookeeper) and Travis Vinson (DRAPL)’s The Watering Hole - Thallon GrainCorp Silo Mural won the Best of the Best and Best Rural Art categories at the Australian Street Art Awards this week.

The Best of the Best was granted to the category winner judged as the most outstanding.

Secretary of Thallon Progress Association, Leanne Brosnan said it was such a thrill to accept this award on behalf of the Thallon Community.

“Everyone has worked so hard to reinvigorate the town and embrace our visitors and this award recognises that,” she said.

“This award also recognises the incredible talent of our artists Joel Fergie (The Zookeeper) and Travis Vinson (Drapl) who have given our community so much.

“We hope that the exposure gained from winning this award will help to keep tourists flowing into Thallon, which not only benefits our community but indeed the whole of the Balonne Shire.

“We also applaud the organisers of the event for shining a light on the transformative effect art can have.”

Announced at a gala dinner on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Wednesday night, the Australian Street Art Awards recognise towns, regions and destinations that are using one or more of the many forms of outdoor, publicly accessible art to attract visitors, boost their economy and engage their community.

“This win is a significant feather in Thallon’s cap. The award will encourage more tourists to experience Thallon and the other winning street art destinations,” said Australian Street Art Awards Director, Liz Rivers.

Judging was conducted by tourism and event industry leaders from around Australia, lending weight to The Watering Hole’s success, with the criteria focusing on the way the art has been used to attract visitors and bring the local community together, rather than the quality of the artwork.

“The towns and organisations behind the winning entries showed clear evidence that they had a powerful vision for future success through a strategic approach to promotion,” Ms Rivers said.

Completed in July 2017, The Watering Hole is the first silo mural in Queensland and remains the only mural to be completed at a fully operational GrainCorp site in Australia.

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 national exposure.

“Council is very proud of the work the residents and Thallon Progress Association have done to keep this small community going and we’re happy to support them, where funding permits, in any of their future ventures,” he said.

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

RECOGNITION: The Thallon silos have been recognised among the best street art in Australia.
RECOGNITION: The Thallon silos have been recognised among the best street art in Australia.

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