Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail gets the go ahead
30 September 2016
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Mallee
- Yarriambiack Shire Council's Silo Art Trail has now been approved.
- Silos at Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Rosebery, Lascelles and Patchewollock to be transformed.
- New attractions will bring tourism dollars to the region, diversify the economy and create jobs
Tourism dollars are set to create new jobs in the Wimmera–Mallee after the Silo Art Trail project was awarded funding approval from the Australian Government.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project will see huge murals painted on silos across a 200 kilometre stretch of the Wimmera-Mallee and attract tourists from across the nation.
“These murals would be a unique attraction for the Wimmera-Mallee, which will bring in tourist dollars, help diversify the economy and create local jobs,” Minister Nash said.
“I aim to help build the kinds of rural communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and a diverse economy with unique attractions definitely helps do that.
“These silos will build on the Brim silo art project completed earlier this year, which feature portraits that tower over 30 metres high, and have already become an icon in regional Victoria.”
Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad said, “It has been very exciting to see the Brim silo outdoing all expectations, encouraging further pride in the community, attracting a great number of visitors which has meant additional spending helping the local economy.”
“Given it was such a success, it makes sense to enhance the cultural expression of rural Australia by widening this art experience across a number of other silo's in the Wimmera-Mallee, encompassing artistic genre's and expression,” said Mr Broad.
- The Silo Art Trail project is jointly funded with the Australian and Victorian governments each providing $200,000.
- The Australian Government is providing $35 million over four years through Drought Communities Programme (DCP) to fund local infrastructure initiatives that provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought.