Painted Poles


Lilydale's Mural Painted Poles - watch them evolving

It is all happening, thanks to two grant applications and the community for sponsoring poles:

1. The Tasmanian Community Fund 

2. The Launceston City Council's Community Grants Fund.

Thanks to all those involved, including Community Grant fund staff, Carol Charlton and  Annette Waddle for their invaluable advice.

The work is well underway thanks to the dedication of the Coordinator, Bernadine Alting, and the creative team including Leanne, Dixie, Teresa, Maggie and Jenny and some wonderful volunteers.

Their mission is to design and paint new works of art on the poles - the themes will stay the same and will reflect the interests, passions, history, heritage and environment that makes this area so lovely to live in and so fabulous to visit


Lilydale's Painted Poles - the background

In 1998 the Lilydale community banded together to paint fifteen hydro-electricity poles. This project brought together so many different people, and the paintings on the poles show shared heritage, the beauty of the Lilydale landscape, trees and birds, loved local identities, school life and the strong local arts community.

Lilydale’s painted poles have become a Tasmanian landmark and have featured in photographic books about Tasmania's beauty. The thing that really reinforces how much these poles mean to the Lilydale community is the respect with which they are held. There have been no acts of vandalism as it was a community activity involving people of all ages.

Community organisations and individuals have taken the opportunity to sponsor a pole, so nearly all poles are now spoken for and there is some money in the kitty for the project.

Lilydale Poles - the past

Click here for photos of the community activities that led to the original paintings being created.

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