Wild Koala Day at Old Petrie Town

Wild Koala Day Kallangur Community

Sunday was the Pine Rivers Koala Care’s “Wild Koala Day Celebration Day” and out at Old Petrie Town it was a Koala fest. The Environment Minister  Steven Miles MP  joined Nikki Boyd MP, Mick Gillam and Denise Sims to enjoy the festivities. A female Koala (Seren) released back into the wild by the Koala Care group. Thanks to Pine Rivers Koala Care Association Inc for all the hard work, putting today together.


Wild Koala Day Kallangur Community

May 8, 2017 |

Voting opens to public for Water Tower theme


A community consultation was held late last year to determine the public’s opinions on themes for the painting of the town’s water tower.

Voting opened this morning, with three themes to choose from: an ANZAC theme, ‘Larger than life’, a trees, plants and wildlife theme, ‘Symbiosis’ and a Kallangur’s past, present and future theme, ‘Growth’.

ABOUT THE DESIGN – ‘Larger than life’

Anzac-themeLarger than life was created in response to the community’s request for a design that represented an Anzac theme.

The artwork acknowledges the sacrifices made by service men and women were acts that stretched beyond the scope of their own lives. The legacy of these immeasurable sacrifices has afforded us with a bright and hopeful future.

The design depicts two young children, on the Dohles Rocks Road side of the tower, one child plays with a Spitfire airplane flown by the RAAF in World War 2, of particular significance in this area due to the crash at Young’s Crossing.

On the Anzac Avenue side of the tower a young child reaches down to pick a red poppy, a symbol of reverence.

The work is about unity and balance; while one child uses their imagination to look to the sky with a spirit of adventure, another contemplates the environment at ground level.

For a bright future to be dreamed about a grounded acknowledgement of the past is necessary.


ABOUT THE DESIGN – ‘Symbiosis’

Trees-plants-wildlife-themeThis design was created in response to the community’s request for a design which showcases the region’s trees, plants and wildlife.

The design, called Symbiosis, recognises that the health of any of natural environment requires a delicate balance of elements to be working in a symbiotic relationship.

The work depicts a bush setting featuring the grass tree that is abundant in the area and traditionally used to start fires. Over-head a black cockatoo soars across the top reaches of the tower, signifying imminent rain.The elemental forces of fire and rain work together to maintain the health of natural environment.

Metaphorically the work references the current state of regeneration that is occurring in the region with the new rail link and university developments. As in nature, the community working together will prosper and thrive.



Past-present-future-themeThis artwork, called Growth, portrays a sense of nostalgia for the past and an optimism for the future.

The imagery of the tree is central to this design, from the trees planted along Anzac Parade, to the timber at the old Paper Mill, and the palm tree planted by William Leis at the base of the water tower where his house once sat.

The man planting the tree at the base of the tower represents a nurturing and grounding presence for the area, recognising that past generations worked hard to provide the foundations for Kallangur’s future.

The boy above has climbed to the upper reaches of the tree’s branches symbolising Kallangur’s ‘present’. His gaze is fixed on an unknown but optimistic outlook in the distance – the future of Kallangur.


Cast your vote here.

Voting is open to residents and business operators of Kallangur, Petrie, Dakabin and Murrumba Downs. Voting closes 5pm on the 14th of May.

Unitywater has engaged not-for-profit public art installation agency, Jugglers Art Space to paint a reproduction of the design and project manage the installation, artist involvement and community participation.  This ensures the many OH&S elements of the project are addressed and the necessary graffiti prevention strategies are delivered during the installation.

The reservoir artwork is expected to be completed in June 2017, weather permitting.

May 1, 2017 |
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