Works scheduled for progress pride flag mural

The Progress Pride Flag mural on the forecourt of Bendigo Town Hall will be repainted this weekend, with works scheduled from 5pm Friday March 25 to 6am Monday March 28.

The public artwork was unveiled in February as a symbol of the City of Greater Bendigo’s support for the local LGBTQIA+ community in the lead up to the Bendigo Pride Festival (which is on until Sunday April 3).

City Director Strategy and Growth Steve Hamilton said there had been quality issues with the mural after its completion.

“The mural is an important acknowledgment of and support for the LGBTQIA+ community and the City soon became aware that the mural’s condition was an issue and needed to be addressed to meet quality standards for public artworks,” Mr Hamilton said.

“Public art creatives Nacho Station will update the mural, and works will run from Friday evening until Sunday evening, but the site will remain closed until 6am Monday March 28 to allow for the paint to dry.

“The intersection of Hargreaves Street and Bull Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of the works. Impact on parking will be minimised as much as possible and pedestrian access will not be affected.

“Local traders will be informed about the temporary road closure. Drivers are encouraged to park in neighbouring streets including Mundy Street and Lyttleton Terrace to access shops, cafes and pubs close to the Town Hall. 

“The updated mural will be completed while the Pride Festival is still going strong, so it will be a popular attraction in the city centre with its renewed vibrancy and colour.

“The flag demonstrates that Greater Bendigo is an inclusive and welcoming city and the updated mural will continue to have pride of place in front of the Bendigo Town Hall.”

The City has long supported a range of LGBTQIA+ days or events of significance. The Progress Pride Flag artwork aligns with recommendations and actions featured in the Council Plan and the Healthy Greater Bendigo Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.

Public artworks outside Bendigo Town Hall are temporary and the updated Progress Pride Flag will have a life span of one to two years similar to past murals on the forecourt.

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