It's been a project three years in the making, but a mural honouring Bourke's history-making Commonwealth gold medallist Percy Hobson is complete.
Bourke councillor Victor Bartley was the driving force behind the mural project, which saw the 26 metre-high water tower transformed into a canvas to recreate the iconic photo of Mr Hobson bounding into the air as he earned his first gold medal.
The mural was designed and painted by Lighting Ridge artist John Murray.
In 1962, Gundabooka manMr Hobsonwas the first Indigenous athlete to win a a gold medal at the Commonwealth games in Perth.
At just 20-years-old, against all odds, the Bourke local broke the record when he leapt over a 2.01 metre-high bar.
"He taught himself to jump in the backyard at Bourke. He'd run down his lane and jump over some sticks that he had there and land on an old mattress, and that was his training," Mr Murray said.
"He probably wouldn't have got there without the support of the community, they hosted things like chook raffles and raised money to get him over there.
"Then he got there and against the odds [as an Indigenous man] he won this medal. So it's such a great story of dedication and passion."
Mr Murray was joined bylocal collaborating artists' Bob Barret and Brian Smith to add Indigenous local elements to the tower to help tell the story of Mr Hobson and his ties to the community of Bourke.
A series of black cockatoos, synonymous with the region, were also painted flying along the back.
To complete the tower, members of the community gathered to paint their handprints along the bottom, which Mr Murray said helped give the town ownership of the artwork.
"I was really happy to be involved in it," he said.
"It took a little bit of working out and organising, but once we started on it, it just flowed beautifully. It's one of those meant to be things and the weather was fairly kind to us."
Mr Murray said the mural was another feature in the silo art trail, which would help boost tourism and the local economy.
"Bourke now will well and truly be on that map for grey nomads travelling around," he said.
"It's just creating a nice trail for this neck of the woods out here.
"I think my biggest thing about street art in rural towns, is it's such a great way to get people into these towns to spend a bit of money."
To paint the 54 metre round tower they were also joined by Melbourne street artist Kasper, and completed the project in 17 days.
Australian company Luxury Paints also got behind the tribute and donated 1200 litres of paint.
Mr Murray said it was a "good collaboration" project and a great opportunity to work with the local artists to showcase Indigenous voice from the area.
"I feel in this day and age, we are one community. That's why I like working with the local fellas," he said.