Tonny has art and soul

By Ivy Jensen

DISTRICT artists are helping to brighten up Tongala to help attract more visitors to the town.

They are in the process of painting eight murals which will be placed around the town, including the old laundry and garage and the side of the IGA building.

Organised by the Tongala Lions Club, the street art will complement the 10 murals around the town painted by artist Murray Ross in 2001 as part of a Centenary of Federation project and 14 murals placed outside the Nestle dairy plant in 2004.

‘‘We’re now at the stage where we need to add to it and we need more people to come to Tonny so we’ve set up this street art project,’’ said Murray, who is also president of Tongala Lions Club.

‘‘We’ve got artists from around the region who are all having a go at painting something to make the town look prettier and brighter.

‘‘We also have an inclusion mural where everyone can have a go at painting something which allows them to get a real sense of ownership of the murals in town.

‘‘Over the years we’ve never had any graffiti because we think there’s a sense of ownership of the town and the murals, which is great.’’

The old grocer shop opposite the RSL in Mangan St will be open for about another two weeks and everyone is invited to come and have a look as well as making their mark on the inclusion mural.

‘‘In the past week about four of my students have been painting and next week (this week) we’ll have some more to change things up a bit,’’ Murray said.