Wheat silos offer blank canvas for cultural tourism

Media Release


24 March 2018

Joint release with:

Rick Wilson

Federal Member for O'Connor

  • New cultural tourism trail being created across WA's Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions
  • The trail will highlight the region's agricultural infrastructure as a base for art
  • The Coalition Government invested $280,000 in the project

A bold creative initiative transforming agricultural landmarks of Western Australia's Albany region into iconic artworks is set to boost cultural tourism and create new business opportunities for the region.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the creation of a cultural tourism trail across the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions would highlight the contributions of agricultural industry and attract new domestic and international tourists.

“The PUBLIC Silo Trail will see three large scale murals painted on grain silos in addition to the painting of a 54-carriage grain train, showcasing the region's stories as told by community champions, rail workers and grain workers,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This project has created 12 jobs during development and 29 ongoing roles after its completion, which just goes to show that investing in the arts and culture of our regions is also investing in their economic future.”

Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson said in addition to the silos, the project also includes the painting of electrical infrastructure and walls and the creation of a cultural tourism toolkit for businesses within the regional area to use to help promote the trail and the artists' artwork.

“This project has engaged the community on so many levels. There have been three short films made, youth engagement and skills workshops and a social documentary project that gathers the community's stories while celebrating the industries that sustain them,” Mr Wilson said.

“By featuring a diverse array of local as well as national and international artists, these artworks will link to the region's rich history and encourage local businesses to develop the kind of arts and cultural tourism which enables regional communities to thrive in the 21st century.”

The Coalition Government invested $280,000 in the project, Lotterywest $180,000, CBH Group $320,000 and Western Power $100,000.