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Empty Chinchilla shopfronts to receive vibrant makeover

A row of empty Chinchilla shopfronts is next in line for their own artistic makeover, following the successful placemaking initiative in Tara which led to the creation of a series of vibrant murals.

Placemaking refers to projects that enhance the atmosphere of a public space and can include design, artwork and landscaping, with ideas generated by the local community.

The buildings located between 21-43 Chinchilla Street have been empty for some time following flood damage several years ago and were recently purchased by a local businessman.

The group of property owners in this strip along with the Chinchilla Community, Commerce & Industry In (CCCI) are now looking at ways to make this section of town a vibrant scene that will also attract potential new tenants.

Western Downs Regional Council’s Spokesperson for Communities and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said Council was working closely with the Chinchilla community to further-energise activity in the region.

“Placemaking aligns with Council’s vision to beautify all of our towns and make them attractive places to live in and visit,” she said.

“As part of this collaborative initiative, we are pleased to work closely with the CCCI and local businesses on this project, which we believe will help to unite town pride.”

CCCI President Shannon McDermott said that this is a great initiative for the town.

“This is a highly visible area for travellers passing through Chinchilla, unfortunately it’s a part of town that’s been neglected for a period of time and, to be honest, is a bit of an eyesore that doesn’t reflect the activity of our town,” he said.

“We are excited to be working with the new owner on this project, which is hoped to generate some new interest for potential tenants as well as bring this area in line with the overall look and feel of the town.

“Bright and colourful shop fronts will increase local town pride as well as give a positive impression for travellers.”

Local businesses and residents are invited to get involved in the project by either donating items such as materials or volunteering their time to help prepare the shopfronts, which are in varying states of repair.

An expression of interest will be sent to artists across the region in the coming months, to submit their ideas on what the murals could look like.

For more information or to be involved in this project, contact the CCCI or Western Downs Regional Council on 1300 COUNCIL (268 624).

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