Council blames RMS for silo mural project delay

A giant mural by artist Adnate, on silos located in Sheep Hills, Victoria.
A giant mural by artist Adnate, on silos located in Sheep Hills, Victoria.

It was a simple idea.

Give the Appin Road silos a coat of fresh paint in the form of a giant mural.

It was councillor Meg Oates (Labor) who first floated the idea in March, but it is the Roads and Maritime Services – a council report said – who were to blame for the stalled project.

“The silos located on the northern side of the road reserve are owned by the NSW Roads and Maritime Service,” the report said.

“Multiple attempts have been made by council officers to identify a suitable contact person within the RMS to discuss the possibility of murals on the silos and to ascertain the appropriate approvals process, however, a response has not been received to date.

“Formal engagement with RMS is crucial for this project as without owner’s consent, works cannot proceed.”

The silos on Appin Road.

The silos on Appin Road.

Cr Oates was less than impressed with the lack of cooperation from the RMS.

“The reality is we can not do anything until we get the go-ahead,” she said.

“I know the council staff have worked really hard on this project and they are still trying to get a hold of someone (at the RMS).

“This is lowest of the RMS’s priorities in terms of things they have to do.

“And unless it’s a headline-attracting project, they don’t care.”

An RMS spokesman denied there had been a lack of communication with the council.

“Roads and Maritime Services is aware of the request made by Campbelltown City Council and contacted council last month to request further information,” he said.

“Council provided additional details and a formal response is expected to be sent to council next week.”

Artist Julia Volchkova was the creator of this mural in Rupanyup, Victoria.

Artist Julia Volchkova was the creator of this mural in Rupanyup, Victoria.

It’s not the first time the RMS has been blamed for stalling a project in Campbelltown.

Wayne Camenzuli, managing director of Capital Syndications – the company behind the proposed business park on Narellan Road – said the RMS were to blame for an 18-month hold up with the project.