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TasWater pump station gets a colourful makeover

TASWATER’S program of replacing graffiti tags with colourful street art on facilities across the Eastern Shore has now extended from reservoirs to a pump station at Wentworth Park.

Following the successful transformation of reservoirs at Rokeby, Mornington and Bellerive, an underwater theme has now taken over the Wentworth Park pump station with pictures of squid and jellyfish along with a couple of land-based animals, some in space suits.

TasWater facilities officer Rachaelle Downey said TasWater initiated the program of decorating its facilities as a way of deterring illegal and unsightly graffiti.

“The idea is that if spaces are made available for street artists to paint, other graffitists and taggers respect their work and generally leave the art unmarked,” she said.

Ms Downey said one of the best things about the project was that the community appreciated the artwork.

The Wentworth Park pump station is close to a popular dog walking path and regular to the area, Jackie Cole, said it was a great improvement.

“I often come down here with Lucky and I find a lot of other dog walkers comment on how good the pump station looks,” she said.

“The artists have done a great job.”

Ms Downey said TasWater was on the lookout for even more opportunities to expand its street art project.

Caption: Wentworth Park regular Jackie Cole and her dog Lucky enjoy the new pump station artwork.