A portrait of Chesney Vale brigade’s Colin Hooke, which has been painted on the side of a local water tank, is now featured as one of four stamps celebrating regional artwork on water towers around Australia.
Chesney Vale Captain Russell Ellis said it was fantastic for a member of the brigade to gain such national, and possibly international, exposure.
“Colin got a little bit of ribbing for his fame early on, but other than that he’s been pretty quiet about it.
“It’s really good for locals to get that sort of recognition and this portrait of Colin, with its inclusion in the stamp issue, is a wonderful way to showcase the brigade.”
The mural was painted in 2016 as part of a popular street art festival in Benalla and the surrounding region, with Australian artist Guido van Helton commissioned for the work
“It was an opportunity that Winton Wetlands took to use the tank as a canvas and allow the artist to paint some locals,” said Captain Ellis.
“Everyone thought it was great that the artist chose CFA as a subject.”