Mu­seum eye­ing silo

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

THE Rochester Sports Mu­seum could soon be in a silo.

Plans are in place for the John Forbes sport­ing mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tion to be spread across three floors in­side the un­used Grain­corp si­los at the back of Moore St.

A third of the col­lec­tion is cur­rently on show at the pop-up shop next to Kits Kafe.

Com­mit­tee for Rochester Sports Mu­seum sec­re­tary Bob Knight said the main aim is to drive business to the town.

‘‘We want peo­ple to stop and see the col­lec­tion and then spend some money at the IGA and the shops and cafes while they are here,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to stop all this traf­fic just driv­ing straight through our town.’’

The grand plans are to make some mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the silo to in­clude a large win­dow, three floors to house the col­lec­tion and an el­e­va­tor.

‘‘There are per­mits be­ing pro­cessed and a few things that have to hap­pen be­fore we move in but that is the main goal,’’ Bob said.

‘‘There is also an op­por­tu­nity to use the land next to the si­los for park­ing, which would be great to get more vis­i­tors to town.’’

Al­though there hasn’t been a lot of peo­ple through the pop-up shop since open­ing on Septem­ber 23, Bob said it is all about get­ting the word out.

‘‘It is about let­ting peo­ple know what we have and what is to come,’’ he said.

‘‘We have a lot of great things in­clud­ing a lot of lo­cal mem­o­ra­bilia from Rochy footy club and from Sharelle McMa­hon.’’

John Forbes (cen­tre) with for­mer Fitzroy foot­baller Bryan Cle­ments and his wife, Mar­cia Pen­rose.

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