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 are seeking 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 will be collated and reviewed and 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 and, in particular, please complete THE SURVEY below by 30 June.
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.
This survey seeks community views on the value and benefits of a proposal to have large scale murals painted on the Forest Hill silos, and explores the preferred styles and themes of possible images.
The results of the survey will be used by Council and FHCDA to develop an Artist's Brief which will be used during the Expression of Interest (EOI) process to gather draft designs and quotes.
It is important to note that images used in the photo gallery are not specific designs that will be painted on the silos. The survey is designed to gather information on themes and community support, not specific designs.
The project team understands there are many more possible design styles and themes that could go on the silos however the images being used have been shortlisted based on what is considered to be most appropriate to the history and culture of the Forest Hill community.
Various concepts of lighting the silos at night have been considered but do not form part of this current project.
The survey and consultation will close 30 June 2021.Take this Survey