But $30,000 has to be raised be­fore tourism dream can be­come re­al­ity

Campaspe News - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID RAK

OUR si­los are get­ting a facelift.

The Rochester Busi­ness Net­work (RBN) and Grain­corp have en­listed the ser­vices of renowned artist Dvate to trans­form the struc­ture into a tourist at­trac­tion.

Dvate is a Mel­bourne-based artist and graphic de­signer whose po­si­tion in the street art scene is well es­tab­lished and his work can be seen on walls, can­vas and in mag­a­zines both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

He is known for his strik­ing ren­di­tions of en­dan­gered an­i­mals from across Australia, and as part of the Be­nalla 2018 Wall to Wall fes­ti­val he painted the Gooram­bat si­los.

While the fi­nal de­sign is still in the works, paint­ing is set to be­gin at the end of the month.

The project is the re­sult of more than nine months of work by the RBN and Grain­corp to get ap­proval and find a way to fund the project.

“We are very ex­cited,’’ RBN pres­i­dent Glenda Ni­chol said.

“We are thrilled to be part of any­thing that is good for our town. The way the com­mu­ni­ties around Vic­to­ria have em­braced painted si­los is just amaz­ing and we are ex­cited to add our town to the list.”

The Rochester com­mu­nity is urged to back a plan to paint the si­los by pledg­ing their sup­port via an on­line fundrais­ing cam­paign.

Bendigo Bank Com­mu­ni­ties – a crowd­fund­ing plat­form – is help­ing RBN to raise the $30,000 it needs to make the painted si­los a re­al­ity.

Rochester Com­mu­nity Bank branch man­ager Tra­cie Kyne said RBN kick- started the cam­paign with a $1,000 do­na­tion.

“This is a great lo­cal project we are ex­cited to sup­port and we en­cour­age oth­ers in the com­mu­nity to get be­hind it too,” she said.

“Just by mak­ing a small pledge you can be part of get­ting the project off the ground.”

As well as mak­ing fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions, peo­ple can also sup­port the cause on­line by pledg­ing their time to a work­ing bee to clear the silo site.

RBN spokesper­son Kate Tay­lor said the busi­ness net­work was keen to build lo­cal sup­port for its project and saw the Bendigo Bank plat­form as a great way to do it.

“This is a project that will help rein­vig­o­rate our town. We’ve had it tough over the past few years and this is a chance to bring our town alive again,” she said.

“We see this as an im­por­tant com­mu­nity as­set, but it’s only with the help of the com­mu­nity that we can make it a re­al­ity.

“So we en­cour­age the peo­ple of Rochester and sur­rounds to jump on­line, pledge their sup­port and show our town what peo­ple power is all about.”

To make a do­na­tion to the silo’s fundrais­ing cam­paign, visit com­mu­ni­ties.bendigob­ank.com.au/projects/rochester­si­los

There will also be a do­na­tion box at the site.

Just by mak­ing a small pledge you can be part of get­ting the project off the ’ ground

— Tra­cie Kyne

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