Let's give historic Menangle Park silos a fresh coat of paint

Don't knock it down: Councillor Warren Morrison believes the silos on Vardy's Estate in Menangle Park, should not be demolished as part of a large housing development. Picture: Chris Lane
Don't knock it down: Councillor Warren Morrison believes the silos on Vardy's Estate in Menangle Park, should not be demolished as part of a large housing development. Picture: Chris Lane

The rolling hills and paddocks that Menangle Park is known for may be set to be replaced by thousands of rooftops.

But Campbelltown councillor Warren Morrison believes not everything should be demolished to make way for the new residents.

Cr Morrison (independent) said the old silos located on Vardy’s Estate – opposite the old Horse and Jockey Inn – should be retained and given a modern day face-lift in the form of a giant mural.

He said the project could be incorporated into a larger plan which would see a section of land surrounding the structure reserved for parklands.

Cr Morrison the Menangle Park murals should be Defence Force-themed as it would compliment existing landmarks dedicated to Australia’s fallen soldiers – like the new Beersheba monument a few hundred metres away.

The Light Horse Regiments who participated in the Battle of Beersheba during WW1 also trained nearby at Menangle Park.

“We are building an estate there but we also need to keep the heritage,” Cr Morrison said.

“It is important to show (the history) to the children and new residents that will be living there.”

Tthe council now write to the developer of Menangle Park – the Dahua Group – and ask them to consider the parklands and silos project.

“The silos are there now but they could be ripped down because there is nothing in the plans about keeping them,” Cr Morrison said.

“The fact is urban sprawl is happening everywhere but it would be good to keep a little bit of history in the middle of the developments.

“This is the time to look into how the land around the silos can be preserved.”

The silos are visible from both the Hume Highway and Menangle Road.

Earlier this year fellow Cr Meg Oates (Labor) suggested the Appin Road silos should also become canvas for large murals (the proposal is ongoing).

Council has blamed the Roads and Maritime Services for a halt in the progress with the Appin Road silos.