18 April 2023

Griffith news wrap: citrus sculpture callout, tank mural input sought and new carparks named

| Oliver Jacques
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Jordan Zirilli admires the Riverina Animal Grooming and All Creatures Veterinary Hospital creation at the 2022 Citrus Sculptures event. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

Region’s wrap of Griffith news includes a community callout for citrus sculpture entries and input on a mural to be painted on a water tank. We also cover the official naming of three new carparks after three iconic figures from the town’s history.

Call for citrus sculpture entries

Businesses, schools and community groups are invited to submit their application forms for Griffith’s annual Real Juice Company Citrus Sculptures, which will again be part of the Griffith Spring Fest program for 2023.

Sculptures made of oranges will line the town’s main street, Banna Avenue, for two weeks in October. If you’d like to be part of it, applications for new and returning sculptures are due by Friday, 30 June.

“We are looking for new and exciting additions to the display, as well as our regulars, which always draw a crowd,” Griffith City Council events coordinator Izabella Apolloni said.

“It’s such a great event that brings so many people in our community together and it is easy to get involved, just contact our Tourism Team at [email protected] and ask for an application form.”

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Griffith Spring Fest is Visit Griffith’s flagship festival, incorporating the Griffith Garden Festival, Real Juice Company Citrus Sculptures, LINX Launch Party and several other events that showcase what the region has to offer.

For further information, contact the Tourism Team on (02) 6962 8400.

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The Scenic Hill water tank that will be painted. Photo: Supplied.

Input sought for new mural on water tank

Griffith’s Scenic Hill Water Reservoir tank will have a mural painted on its surface and the community is asked to help select the theme.

The four suggested themes are: water, multiculturalism, agriculture and manufacturing, and Indigenous/First Nations.

Residents are being asked to select their preference via a survey link or by filling out hard copies available at Griffith City Library.

The survey will close on Sunday, 30 April.

Preparation work is due to start at the end of August, with the mural painted during spring and completed in time for this year’s Griffith SpringFest.

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The sign for the new Jasnos Carpark. Photo: Yana Williams.

Three new carparks named after iconic town figures

Signs have been erected on three new Railway Street carparks, which have each been named after historic figures who contributed to the growth or development of the town.

Behind Griffith Post Office is the new Jasnos Carpark, which is named after Eugene Jasnos, a Polish immigrant who established a longstanding shoe repair shop in Banna Lane.

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Next to the police station is the Stevenson Carpark, in honour of Bob Stevenson, who built Stevenson’s Blue Metal Quarry in 1942. In 1956, he established Ready Mix Concrete, the first company of its type in the Riverina, which continues to this day as JJ Stevenson & Sons.

Behind Griffith Court House is the new Eardley Carpark, named after Fred Eardley, who arrived in the area in 1920 before opening the first haberdashery store in Banna Avenue.

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