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Coonalpyn

Like many small towns in regional Australia, Coonalpyn was adversely affected by the millennium drought and the global financial crisis of 2007/2008. Many services withdrew from the town and businesses closed their doors. The main street precinct along the Duke’s Highway, once a hive of activity lay dormant except for a few remaining businesses. The community of Coonalpyn, supported by Coorong District Council embarked on a daring arts led regional recovery plan thus Creating Coonalpyn was born. Creating Coonalpyn is a model of regional renewal; a suite of 6 artist led community projects with outcomes designed to activate spaces and reinvigorate the small rural community of Coonalpyn. They incorporate a series of projects that illustrate the stories, history and fabric of Coonalpyn including South Australia’s first silo mural by artist Guido van Helten. Guido arrived in Coonalpyn on 1 February 2017 and spent the first week engaging with and photographing members of the community before deciding to paint five Coonalpyn Primary School children on the Viterra silos. The design represents Coonalpyn’s hope for the future. The project took six weeks with Guido using a 38m boom lift to first mark out a reference grid then reproduced the design using 200 cans of spray paint plus acrylic paint applied with brush and airbrush.

Coonalpyn Silo by Drone

Spend some time in Coonalpyn, and visit the 6 Creating Coonalpyn Art Projects, one of these is the mural on the silos, which has put Coonalpyn on the tourist map!

  • Coonalpyn on Show - 20 nylon appliqué panels with images relating to the Coonalpyn Show to be exhibited in a vacant shop then converted to flags for use at the Coonalpyn Show
  • Tunnel Re-vision - a restoration and reimagining of the existing Tunnel Vision murals - a much loved community project undertaken 20 years ago.
  • Growing Coonalpyn - An environmental installation on a large block
  • Mosaic Mural - A mosaic mural on the face of the existing public toilet block; a popular rest stop for travelers.
  • Eyes on the Road - A high impact installation along the tennis court chain link fencing
  • Silos Mural - A large scale mural on the cells of the silos facing Duke's Highway

There are also plenty of geocaches located around the area will keep you amused, so go find them!

During summer swim in the  Coonalpyn Swimming Pool, just next door to the Caravan Park off Malcolm Terrace.

Enjoy a friendly meal at the Coonalpyn Hotel, a freshly made waffle at Jaffles and a nice coffee at the new Coonalpyn Silo Cafe. Not to mention great produce at the bakery and fuel up at the BP!

Refer to www.coonalpyn.info for more

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Coorong District Council

95-101 Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend SA 5260

PO Box 399, Tailem Bend SA 5260

Call: 1300 785 277

council@coorong.sa.gov.au

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