Forest Hill Silos Mural Project

Project Overview

Lockyer Valley Regional Council is working with Forest Hill Community Development Association (FHCDA) to prepare designs and a project plan for a potential art project on the GrainCorp silos adjacent to the rail line in Forest Hill.

Discussions with GrainCorp and Queensland Rail have been positive with conditional approvals now in place. Formal approvals will be required prior to any artwork installation.

Council and FHCDA have sought feedback from the Forest Hill community, the wider Lockyer Valley Region, as well as potential visitors, on design themes which have been shortlisted based on their alignment with local community history, culture and values.

Community feedback has been collated and analysed (see the Document Library) and will be used to prepare a design brief for prospective artists to submit a design and competence portfolio.

This is a long-term project intended to be undertaken in stages subject to obtaining funding from a range of sources including government, arts, tourism, corporate sponsorship and the community.

You are encouraged to review the various sections of this project engagement portal and interact in meaningful ways as different options open.

Project Update - July 2022

In June 2022, Council officers conducted an onsite meeting with GrainCorp’s Community Engagement Manager to discuss the next steps of the Forest Hill Silo Project.

Documents are now being finalised to enable Artist Agencies to start conversations with experienced silo or large scale mural artists.

Interested artists will contact and apply to Agencies directly - Agency details will be provided when available.

A review is also underway of Inland Rail site specifications to ensure the Inland Rail Project does not hinder the full view of the painted Silos from the proposed viewing area.

The Forest Hill silos were constructed to meet the increase in production of wheat and barley on the Lockyer Valley and surrounding districts in the 1970s. It location between Toowoomba and Brisbane and accessibility to the rail line made it the ideal location. 

Construction commenced on the first two silos on 13 January 1975 in a non-stop concreting process that last two days and involved 45 men for each 12-hour shift. Holding 2,200 tonnes each, the cost of this project was $200,000. These are the two central silos. 

The two outside silos were constructed in 1979 to respond to the high demand and traffic congestion caused by waiting trucks. The work took 20 men four days to complete, taking the total capacity of the four silos to 8,800 tonnes. 

Grain production and storage has decreased since the boom years of the 1970s and 80s and the silos transitioned to holding sites for companies including Uncle Tobys and GrainCorp. 

The silos are managed by GrainCorp and continue to be a significant landmark in the region, being visible from parts of the Warrego Highway to the north.  

  • Evaluation of Community Consultation

    Council will analyse the community's responses to the survey and pop-up consultations and prepare an Artist's Brief ready for Expression of Interest from suitably experienced artists. 

    See the Document Library for the consultation report and analysis. 

  • Call for Artists

    Documents are now being finalised to enable Artist Agencies to start conversations with experienced silo or large scale mural artists. Interested artists will contact and apply to Agencies directly - Agency details will be provided when available.

  • Stage 1 Survey - June 2021

    This survey will be open 5-30 June and provides an opportunity for local and regional residents and businesses, as well as potential visitors to provide feedback on the likely benefits and concerns with the proposal.