The Ladies of the Exchange looking as good as new

The Ladies of the Exchange Mural facing Queens Park has finally been repaired after months of planning and delays caused by inclement weather.

Last year, prior to Christmas, two of the six panels that make up the mural fell down during a period of inclement weather and exceptionally strong winds.  The panels were recovered and had sustained only minor damage but the Project was left with the challenge of reinstalling them and ensuring the remaining panel fastenings were made more secure.

The mural missing two panels

It has taken some time to find someone suitably qualified to securely re-affix the panels to the wall and we needed a crane to put them back up.   More inclement weather cause further delays but finally the planets aligned and on 7th May 2021 we were able to restore the mural to its former glory – with new, stronger fastenings!

The MMP is very grateful for the support from both Wide Bay Cranes who provided the large Crane needed to do the work, and the Sign Doctor based in Hervey Bay for undertaking the reinstallation and for donating their services for free to support our community project. 

Wide Bay Cranes – Bronto Skylift Elevated Work Platform
Mathew Billington (L) and Dale Daniel (R) from Sign Doctor after securing the mural panels

In addition, we appreciate the support of Gillespies Electrical and the Fraser Coast Regional Council who also  contributed to the successful re-installation of the Mural.

The MMP also took this opportunity to do some touch up work to the Mural and we would like to express our gratitude to the artist, Michael Wortel, for undertaking this extra work while we reinstalled and secured the panels. 

Michael Wortel preparing paint (left) and touching up the mural (above)