Casino will soon boast a new landmark with a mural set to be installed on its iconic water tower. This will complement two new scenic and heritage walks to further develop tourism offerings in the town.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said this is being described as the largest public art project in the history of the Richmond Valley.
“I am pleased to have secured a $125,000 Federal Government grant through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery program,” Mr Hogan said.
“The funding will pay for the design and delivery of the mural, in addition to detailed signage to complete the scenic and heritage walks.”
“The water tower and walks project is another addition to the continued enhancement of public attractions and facilities in Casino and the Richmond Valley.”
Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow said it was fantastic news to be awarded the grant.
“The idea of the mural project had been first imagined by the Casino community many years ago, and interest had only grown since then,” Cr Mustow said.
“When complete, I believe it will be a drawcard for visitors to Casino for years to come and something the community can be truly proud of.”
“I look forward to the community sharing its vision for the proposed mural.”
Federal Local Government Minister Mark Coulton MP said the project will provide a valuable platform to extend tourism offerings in Casino.
“Water tower and silo art is a significant drawcard for visitors across Regional Australia,” Minister Coulton said.
“Combining the water tower with the scenic and heritage walks will help attract tourists to explore Casino and the wider Richmond Valley, as well as encouraging residents to get active and learn about the history and features of their region.”
“This project will help reinvigorate the visitor economy as we recover from the bushfires and the impact of COVID-19.”
The program is part of the Government’s $76 million tourism recovery package to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by helping get tourists travelling into bushfire affected regions.
The grants are supporting events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions to assist with recovery efforts and encourage visitation back to the areas.