To celebrate its 10 th anniversary Nundle Business Tourism and Marketing Group Inc (NBTMG) launched a Nundle and Hanging Rock NSW art print and postcard inspired by vintage travel posters.
NBTMG Inc was formed in November 2010 for Nundle and Hanging Rock business owners and Destination Tamworth to collaboratively promote the area for tourism.
The group has 25 members representing 22 businesses and organisations covering accommodation, dining, and retail. The A3 art prints are $19.95, and the postcards are $4.95, available in store and online. Income from the sale of prints and postcards will go back into the community group to fund future marketing.
During the past 10 years business owners and Destination Tamworth have pooled resources to fund a nundle.com.au website, flyers, calendar, national and regional magazine advertising, and social media.
NBTMG Inc commissioned Nundle artist Natasha Soonchild to design an artwork capturing the natural beauty of landmark rock outcrop, The Hanging Rock. NBTMG Inc president Megan Trousdale and Natasha shared an appreciation of vintage travel posters and started talking in September 2020 about creating an artwork for Nundle and Hanging Rock.
“Nundle and Hanging Rock are known for being picturesque, and as early as the early 1900s Hanging Rock was described as Tamworth’s Katoomba because graziers on the plains would seek relief from summer temperatures in the higher altitude,” Megan said.
“The area holds the same attraction today, with families camping at Sheba Dams and Ponderosa for the cooler summer temperatures, as well as enjoying the snow in winter.”
Designing the artwork was a new challenge for artist Natasha Soonchild, who grew up in Nundle and returned after studying and living in Sydney and overseas.
“This was a new process for me and involved several painting studies of The Hanging Rock and photographing the rock from different angles to capture its distinctiveness,” she said.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to see the artwork printed and I am so proud of the work and our group for making it happen.”