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The Story Marker project

The Story Marker project for Main Street North Tamborine has been put on hold.

"Council acknowledges the community's interest in the selection of gateway artwork proposed for Main Street, Tamborine Mountain, recently on display at the Library and Customer Service Centre."

"Given our immediate priority is the delivery of the Village Greens stages of the town centre master plan in time for the Queen's Baton Relay and Commonwealth Games in April, Council has pushed out the timeframes for this public art initiative."

"Due to the transformational nature of this exciting town vibrancy project in Main Street we wish to ensure any installation art complements its new surroundings."

"On this basis, we felt it prudent to wait until the canvas is finished, so to speak, to afford the community a better opportunity to consider any art proposals within the surrounding context.'

"Council will be revisiting this project once the Village Greens are completed.'


Scenic Rim Story Marker Project 

Gallery Walk - Rhoda Rushbrook Park

The Story Marker Project is part of Scenic Rim Regional Council's Vibrant Towns and Villages (VTV) strategy which seeks to animate and activate the towns and villages of our region with spaces for communities and visitors to gather, recreate and engage with our unique landscape. It involves improvements to infrastructure and the incorporation of art built in to enhance exploration, accessability, community identity, heritage, creative expression and connection to the environment.

Artists for each of the three projects have been selected to create  their proposed artworks. 

Strata Canungra by Russell Anderson and Rebecca Ward has been selected for the $60,000 Gateway  Public Art work for Pine Street, Canungra 

Description: a place marking sculpture that promotes the connected layers of diverse natural and human value and meaning. Constructed of layers of machine cut 8mm Australian produced weathering steel, the sculpture is 2.9 metres in height. Together the perpendicular layers depict a topographical view of the surrounding region. The installation will also feature the wording Jingeri Jingeri Valley of the Owls on the base. Canungra derives its name from the Aboriginal words for small owl, while Jingeri means welcome in the Yugambeh language.

Flame Tree, Stone Fruit by Paul Stumkat  has been selected for the $25,000  Play Artwork for Gallery Walk Tamborine Mountain 

Description: Inspired by the Acerifolius or Flame Tree common to the region, the sculpture combines the shape of its seed pods and leaves into tactile forms that encourage children to climb over and through the textured surfaces. They will be produced using Beaudesert Gosford sandstone to enable fine details and delicate colouring to be incorporated


The Bower by Richard Howie and Nicole Jeske has been selected for the $75,000  Gateway Marker Sculpture work for Gallery Walk, Tamborine Mountain 

 Description: Inspired by a local, endemic, rainforest dwelling artisan - 

the satin bower bird. The male creates a unique bower to attract a mate into his space, just as we would like to attract others into our beautiful part of the world. The stylised 5.8-metre high bower gateway will create a unique, beautiful, iconic sculpture that is both inviting and intriguing. It will be crafted from locally sourced Australian hardwood, specifically Iron Bark.

For more information or to register your interest in future public art opportunities contact:

Mark Paddick, Cultural Projects Officer, Scenic Rim Regional Council, PO Box 25 Beaudesert Qld 4285 or email


Scenic Rim Regional Council has received $100,000 from the Queensland Tourism Infrastructure Fund, an initiative under the Australian Government's Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program, administered by the Queensland Government through the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games for the Story Markers Project to revitalise the communities of Canungra and Tamborine Mountain.



What is Public Art?

The term public art refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain.

Public Art is about artistic expression. Integral to the character of the place, in its diversity and quality it provides an insight into cultural life and values of a community. It plays a strong role in creating and celebrating the communities’ sense of place and identity.

The Scenic Rim has a rich heritage of commemorative sculptures and monuments and an increasing number of contemporary art works located within region. The council supports the commissioning of a broad range of pieces that enhance the environment and communicate ideas that contribute to place making.

Historically, Public Art was dominated by commemorative sculpture. For the purposes of the policy, Council recognises the significance of memorials and monuments in the life of the community and intends that this policy will also encompass such installations.

Public Art can include:


• Development of community facilities

• Development of public precincts and places

• Interpretation of place and local stories

• Cultural animation and cultural programming, including festivals and public events

• Permanent, temporary or ephemeral installations

• Land art and work with landscape architects

• Visual artworks including painting, sculpture, installation and digital media

• Artworks that have functional aspects such as reception areas, water features street furniture and signage

• The design treatment of architectural spaces and hardware

Public Art and Collections Guidelines

The Public Art and Collections guidelines have been developed by Scenic Rim Regional Council to:

• recognise the diverse nature of Public Art expression.

• increase understanding of Public Art through interpretation, engagement and education.

• encourage and support initiatives that provide interpretive signage and Public Art that has local or regional relevance, explains meaning behind place names and gives insight into natural and cultural heritage of our towns, villages and significant related sites.

•ensure that artworks held in the public domain are of high artistic standard and their selection or acquisition follows the processes outlined in the Public Art and Collections Guidelines.

 Art Reference Group (ARG)

The Art Reference Group (ARG) is an advisory group of industry and community stakeholders whose advice is sought with regard to the commissioning, acquisition, purchase, de-accession, donation, approval and funding of Public Art. The committee meets four times a year or as required to provide advice and feedback on the  Public Art Projects. It identifies opportunities for public art within Council’s Strategic Management Plan and gives advice regarding marketing and promoting the region through public art. 


For further information please contact:

Scenic Rim Regional Council
Public Art Officer
Mark Paddick
82 Brisbane Street / PO Box 25, Beaudesert QLD 4285
T 07 5540 5351 | F 07 5540 5051 |