WHIP CRACKER: This mural portrays one of Maryborough's timeless,  brave and well known characters, Barbara Dalton, the matriarch of the Dalton Family Whip Cracking Show who performed at local markets.
WHIP CRACKER: This mural portrays one of Maryborough's timeless, brave and well known characters, Barbara Dalton, the matriarch of the Dalton Family Whip Cracking Show who performed at local markets.

Explore the Maryborough CBD mural trail

OLD walls are getting a new life in Maryborough as artists bring movement and colour to the city streets as part of the Maryborough Mural Project.

The newest addition, the 34th mural in the collection, was finished this month.

"Maryborough's floral emblem callistemon citrinus (crimson bottlebrush) is Maryborough's latest exquisite mural," said Deborah Hannam, a co-founder of the Maryborough Mural Project.

"It was declared the floral emblem of Maryborough in 1957, and is rightly placed in Kent St opposite the Town Hall Green."

Project co-founder Elizabeth Lowrie said the work was created by Queensland artist EJ (Filka) Zyla, who donated her time, design and painting skills.

"EJ is a multi-disciplined artist who specialises in murals, digital and traditional illustration and mixed media artworks. She has exceptional design skills. EJ is based at the Sunshine Coast," Elizabeth said.

"We are very grateful to EJ for contributing her skills to the project and thereby increasing our project's art assets.

"We would like more local artists offering their artistic talents. If artists paint for free, we try to find them a commission after.

"Artists can contact us on Facebook or through our website."

The Maryborough Mural Project Trail comprises more than 34 murals and installations within an easy two-kilometre walk around the CBD.

MMP would like Fraser Coast locals to help publicise the attraction by walking the trail with visitors, family and friends and telling their friends about it. Drop in to the Town Hall Visitors Centre for a self-guided map.

For the gardeners out there, the bottlebrush itself is native to coastal areas of eastern Australia.

It is widely cultivated and its bright red flower spikes appear in both summer and autumn. It grows well in wet conditions and is generally described as bright red, tipped with dark anthers.

Bees and small birds are frequently seen around the flowers.

Bottlebrushes can be seen in many gardens in Australia and are often planted on roadsides.

If you would like to be a MMP volunteer or would like to donate, send to: Maryborough Mural Project - BOQ - BSB:124080; Account No: 22621596.

For more information, go to maryborough muralproject.org