Hume Highway tank murals pay tribute to Wollondilly shire

The drab treatment plan tanks on the Hume Highway near Wilton are about to undergo a serious makeover.

Lendlease, developer of the adjacent Bingara Gorge estate, has teamed up with a local artist to spruce up the tanks located on the eastern side of the highway just before the Picton Road exit heading south.

Mural artist Joe Quilter has designed a large piece of art which will be painted on the tanks as a tribute to the shire.

"These meticulously designed and researched pieces portray local agriculture, our indigenous heritage, flora and fauna as well as the community symbol," he said.

"[The tanks] will soon be known as the gateway to the Wollondilly Shire."

The three tanks will each feature a different design, that together will form a large piece of art.

Mr Quilter said tank one would be painted with the image of a local dairy farmer.

"The image represents the grit of farming, something Australia as a nation, and the Wollondilly in general prides itself on," he said.

"[This piece] ought to engage an audience on a level that prompts them to reflect and engage with the truer aspects of farming - the early mornings, the grind and the weary brows."

Tank two will represent the local Indigenous community - the Tharawal tribe.

"The Lyre Bird is the Tharawal totem," Mr Quilter said.

"The piece also features the eucalyptus flower, which is prominent in the region and an iconic Australian classic."

Mr Quilter said tank three will feature artwork inspired by the photography of Angela Towndrow.

"This piece celebrates local fauna like the Wollondilly raptor - a bird of prey," he said. "It will also feature the white waratah which is Wollondilly Shire's emblem and can be found across the region.

"This piece brings together a symbol of the local community with the culture of the arts in the shire."

Silo mural of four locals by Guido van Helten in Brim, Victoria.

Silo mural of four locals by Guido van Helten in Brim, Victoria.

Artwork on tanks and silos have become a feature on many Australian motorways, particularly in rural towns throughout South Australia and Victoria.

Lendlease development director Arthur Ilias said the project was exciting for the company and the community.

He said the tanks were bound to be a talking point for passing motorists.

"The intention of the mural is to make a statement ," Mr Ilias said.

"The tanks themselves aren't very attractive but Lendlease saw the potential to use them as a blank canvas and provide a piece of art for locals to enjoy as they drive past.

"We are working with Joe Quilter to transform the tanks into a masterpiece."

A start date for Mr Quilter has yet to be confirmed.