Community murals

Indigenous culture and the importance of water for life are the focus of two new community murals launched at Lake Pertobe on 31 March 2017.

The murals are a joint project between Wannon Water and Warrnambool City Council and have given the lake’s sewer pump station a vibrant makeover.

Designed by Warrnambool artist Ella Webb, the two large artworks are in a series of panels painted with help from more than 70 school children and supported by the Laka Gunditj Language Project.

One mural recognises local indigenous culture, stories and language, depicting small sandpiper birds in the environment. The name Lake Pertobe is thought to have come from the word “pirtup’, meaning small sandpiper. The historically-recorded name for the lake is “Pertobe Killingk”, meaning “small sandpiper lake” in the Dhauwurd Wurrung language.

The second mural is designed to increase community understanding of Mural Ella And Micksustainability issues and highlight the importance of water in our environment. It features a landscape with water drops forming into circles of life.

Wannon Water deputy chair, Mr Murphy said Wannon Water had now installed six community murals on the exterior of pump stations across the south-west, all created with help from local school students.

If your school or community group is interested in creating a mural for one of Wannon Water's pump stations, contact us at