Women’s big feats hailed

April 25, 2018

The two figures recall the sacrifice of women in conflicts old and new. See next week’s Country News for the Devenish community’s plans for the town’s steel silo.

Today the town of Devenish will have 20 metre-tall figures gazing down from the grain silos in the main street.

The faces painted on the GrainCorp silos represent women who have served in the armed forces, from the nurse in World War I uniform, to the modern-day medic.

The community project was officially opened yesterday by six students from Devenish Primary School. They held a ceremonial ribbon, which was cut by Mayor Don Firth, artist Cam Scale, Devenish community member Kevin Mitchell and GrainCorp regional manager Peter Johnston.

Returned serviceman Ged Parker, from St James, was impressed by the giant mural and the subject matter.

‘‘It was a good selection,’’ he said, and recalled the work of nurses in the Vietnam conflict where he served.

The community has plans to add to the mural with a further painting on the adjacent steel silo.

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