Sibley Soundshell to receive new lease on life

Bright's Sibley Soundshell is set to receive a fresh new look!

14 December 2020

The iconic Howitt Park structure will receive a new mural and minor renewal works over the coming weeks, in time for Australia Day.

The soundshell was constructed in 1988 by the Rotary Club of Bright, and named after local residents Ron and June Sibley in 2003 for their contribution to entertainment at the venue.

Alpine Shire Council Manager Economic and Community Development Elaine Burridge said Council has engaged with the Rotary Club and Mr Sibley, who are supportive of the project.

“It’s fantastic to have the Rotary Club and Mr Sibley on board with this project, and we’re all excited to see the final result,” she said. 

“Artist Kade Fielder has been secured and works will start over the coming weeks.

“People may see our outdoor crew at the soundshell soon, painting a base coat and carrying out some cleaning and minor repairs.

“Our artist will then be on site for a few days to paint a mural on both sides of the structure that pays tribute to the stunning natural environment of the Alpine Shire.

“This exciting project will be officially launched as part of the Australia Day community event on January 26.”

The project has been made possible through funding from the National Australia Day Council.

The current mural was painted in 1996 by artist John Hearne, who passed away in 2008.

Keep an eye on Council’s Facebook page for updates and opportunities to drop by and see the artist at work!

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