• Water and wastewater assets in Hedland, Karratha and Broome to be blank canvasses for community art

  • Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program makes a start this week

The Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program has made its way to the North-West, with six highly visible assets to be turned into pieces of community art in Hedland, Karratha and Broome.


Over the next two months, locals will see plain water and wastewater infrastructure transformed into colourful works of art, which reflect the meaning of water in their community.  


In Hedland, wastewater pump stations along Anderson Street (Port Hedland) and Parker Street (South Hedland) will be transformed, along with surge vessels along Wilson Street (Port Hedland).


Students from Baynton West Primary School in Karratha will help shape the artwork, which will feature on fences around wastewater pump stations along Bathgate Road and Dampier Highway. These designs will celebrate Karratha's unique environment and connection to water.


Local Aboriginal artists from Broome will beautify the intake tower at Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant along Clementson Street, with unique traditional artwork. Artists will draw on their own cultural connections to the area and work with Nyamba Buru Yawuru to provide insights into local culture.


The artists selected to overhaul these assets are Helen Ansell, Mel McVee, Bradley Eastman, Joel Moore (Hedland); Peter Ryan (Karratha); Martha Lee and Kira Watson (Broome). 


So far, 25 Water Corporation assets across Western Australia have been turned into community art pieces through the Splash of Colour program.


Track the transformations on social media using #splashofcolourWA


Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:


"It is great to see the Water Corporation's Splash of Colour Community Arts Program make its way to the North-West of WA to turn otherwise dull assets into vibrant art.


"While assets will always have a functional purpose, I look forward to seeing how artists will completely transform them into something for the whole community to enjoy.


"I look forward to seeing the finished products, which will reflect the unique beauty of the North-West and the connection to water in these towns."


Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:


"Transforming these assets is a fantastic way to display our community spirit, and inspire a new generation of artists.


"Our Pilbara towns have a unique connection to water unlike anywhere else in this State, and I will love to see how the artists and our local students represent that connection.


"I invite you all to track this transformation and more projects around our State on social media by following #splashofcolourWA."

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