Forest Hill town is a vibrant village, rich in history, with an unspoilt boutique feel which is reflected in quality eateries, gift shops and tastefully renovated buildings.
Forest Hill attracts visitors from across the region and south east Queensland. Being located approximately 85 km from Brisbane city and 50 km from Toowoomba it is ideally located to attract day trippers and those wanting to enjoy country hospitality.
The Ugarapul people were the original inhabitants of the Lockyer Valley, as well as Ipswich to the east and Fassifern to the south. The terms Yuggera, Ugarapul, Yuggarapul, and Yuggarabul are generally considered synonymous.
Unfortunately, records of indigenous life in the Forest Hill area are limited.
Forest Hill was founded in the mid-1800s. Originally part of a rural ‘run’ the area around Forest Hill was subdivided into smaller farms in the 1800s. These farms focused on the production of lucerne, timber, grain, dairy, & vegetables.
By the 1900s, Forest Hill was thriving and growing more produce than the older Laidley and Gatton Settlements. Forest Hill was Australia’s largest railway produce distribution centre in the early 1900s due to close proximity of the railway to the farms which enabled produce to be distributed across Queensland.
The town quickly grew to accommodate the growing population and was serviced by a school, hotels, banks, doctor’s surgery, telephone exchange, grocery shops, and produce merchants.
The silos were constructed in two separate projects in 1975 and 1979 respectfully, to meet the demand for grain storage. These are the closest grain silos to Brisbane.
The addition of large scale silo murals could provide a new and additional location for local festivals which can provide local celebrations, fundraising opportunities for community groups and schools, and an increased market for local businesses.
Existing signature events such as Forest Hill Christmas Festivities could potentially expand onto the site or highlight the murals for the event using targeted lighting.
The Forest Hill community is proud of its heritage, resilience and friendly community. This project can provide a significant opportunity to showcase those factors through a large scale artwork that would become well known throughout South East Queensland and beyond.
Silo art is now a notable tourist attraction phenomenon with many people travel considerable distances to see these awe-inspiring artworks.
This proposed project would result in being the closest silo art to Brisbane and South East Queensland which currently boasts a population of 3.6 million people and is expected to grow to 5 million in the next 10 years.
The tourism potential and benefits of this project would be considerable for the community and includes opportunities for cafes and hotels, boutique shops, accommodation services, farm-gate stalls, farm tours and more.