YESTERYEAR: Monto’s main street travels back in time
MONTO'S main street has travelled back in time thanks to several art installations in shop windows.
The businesses of yesteryear art project has been installed in Newton St as part of Monto's art trail, funded by the North Burnett Regional Council and the Federal Government through the Drought Communities Programme - Extension.
Each of the six towns in the North Burnett were allocated $120,000 to use local businesses, suppliers and contractors to complete projects and stimulate the economy.
Monto's extensive community consultations this year resulted in the art trail being sponsored as their project of choice.
Several art murals were completed in July and August in the North Burnett town, courtesy of Brisbane artists Joel Fergie (The Zookeeper) and Travis Vinson (Drapl).
These works included murals on Newton St, the water tower in Rotary Park, and the silos at Three Moon.
Several colourful cow statues have also been popping up across Monto as part of the art trail.
A noticeable increase in tourism was recognised by division one councillor Melinda Jones, who said the town was thriving.
"It's great to see people wandering up and down the street, cameras in hand taking photos of the new murals, going into coffee shops, pubs, and shopping," she said.
"I had someone bragging about the clothing they're able to get in this town.
"They were blown away by the range, and how cheap everything was."
A Monto Magic Tourism and Action Group (MMTAG) spokeswoman said MMTAG and volunteers helped install the window displays on August 23.
"These magical window displays were painted by Sue Lederehose, depicting yesteryear," she said.
"Thank you Neville Morris Morris for constructing the window display holders, and thank you to Ross and Karen Chalmers, Mackenzie Baldwin, and Garry Delisser for allowing us to put these murals in your windows."