WE’RE JOINING SILO ART TRAIL
But $30,000 has to be raised before tourism dream can become reality
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