Long-awaited Onslow water tank murals showcasing history of town completed

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Part of the mural on the Onslow water tank.
Camera IconPart of the mural on the Onslow water tank. Credit: Amy Bishop

The history, community and unique heritage of Onslow has been emblazoned on the town’s water tank as part of a long-awaited project.

The finished product, which showcases the town’s community and history, was celebrated earlier this month.

Perth-based artist Jerome Davenport was announced as the project artist in June when Shire of Ashburton councillors voted to endorse the concept design, which was budgeted at $150,000.

Shire president Kerry White said the project was designed to showcase what made Onslow such a unique place to live.

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“Our intention for the mural was to involve themes of Onslow’s community, history and a reflection of its past to modern day, that considers our indigenous heritage, pearling and agriculture industries, and the stories that make Onslow the authentic coastal town it is today,” she said.

“Jerome was selected to complete the Onslow water tank mural project based on his interpretation of our vision, drawing inspiration from the natural balance between beauty and decay, and his way of interpreting Onslow’s history and those moments in time that we wanted to forever capture.

“With Onslow’s extensive history, the water tank murals will highlight to existing and new members of our community, visitors and travellers the different facets of the region that make the town what it is today.”

The project is a joint initiative between Regional Arts WA, the Shire of Ashburton and the Water Corporation.

“We are all so proud of what has been achieved,” Cr White said.

Water Corporation North-West regional manager Sharon Broad said the completion of the murals was a milestone in the company’s relationship with the Shire of Ashburton and the community.

She said the partnership started seven years ago with an idea to transform the local water tanks into works of art that would add to the landscape.

“The tanks have always remained a prominent feature in Onslow and we’re delighted to have supported the shire’s vision to transform these into beautiful works of art that showcase the rich culture and unique identity of the Onslow community,” she said.

“I think everyone can agree that Jerome and the artwork selection working group have done an incredible job showcasing the things that make Onslow a special place to live, work and visit.”

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