Historic grader could become art on new Ballina roundabout
A VINTAGE, horse-drawn grader and timber from the old Teven bridges could be used in public artworks planned for prominent roundabouts in the Ballina CBD.
Ballina Shire Council is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) for the two artworks, and each one has a $15,000 budget.
The council said the grader and the timber were items of "cultural significance" and were available to artists to use in the projects, which would be installed on the Cherry/Tamar St roundabout and the Moon/Fawcett St roundabout.
But very little is known about the origins of the grader.
The council believes it was used to maintain roads in Ballina, and at some point it was converted to be pulled by trucks.
The council is calling for anyone with information about the grader to contact them with information - phone 6686 4444.
The Teven bridges were built in 1908/09 and are linked to the "natural, cultural and historic landscape of the Richmond River district".
They are also associated with the "broader history of the development of road transport routes, agriculture and industry in northern NSW throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century".
Artists are now being invited to submit expressions of interest for the public artworks.
Applications close on May 2. For more information visit www.ballina.nsw.gov.au.