REVAMPED: Artist Graeme McCullough is often seen around the Western Downs wearing his paint splattered clothes as he paints signs around the region.
REVAMPED: Artist Graeme McCullough is often seen around the Western Downs wearing his paint splattered clothes as he paints signs around the region. Elouise Quinlivan

Country town plans to boost tourism with painted poles

ARTIST Graeme McCullough has given travellers another reason to get out of the car and walk around the country town of Jandowae.

Mr McCullough has spruced up the region, painting 30 power poles with designs including school scenes, horse racing, animals, firefighters and landscapes.

He said he originally planned to paint three power poles a day, but with the challenge of creating his works on the 3D structures, the painting times varied.

This is Mr McCullough's first venture into painting power poles, something he said was receiving great feedback from the community and visitors.

"The idea is to get people to stop for a little longer in the town, walk around and also spend money there," he said.

The poles are a new tourism feature for the town organised through the Jandowae Business and Community Group.

They were painted ahead of the biennial Timbertown Festival that starts today. Jandowae draws more than 10,000 festival-goers over free three-day event.

The festival runs until Sunday and hosts a street festival, markets, wood chopping, rides, yabby races, miniature train rides, busking, rodeo, grand parade and vintage show and shine.

Committee member Amelia Wood said organisers had to stop accepting market stall holder applications because of the demand.

She said this has not happened in the festival's history, dating back to 2001.

Mr McCullough has painted shop-windows and signs for other festivals including Tara's Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

Visit jandowaetimbertown.org.au/


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