Mixed views on de­mo­li­tion

Shepparton News - Country News - - VALLEY GALLERY -

The fu­ture of Co­bram’s Mar­ket St si­los seems set in stone, de­spite some res­i­dents call­ing for the si­los to be painted.

The pri­vately owned si­los have a cur­rent de­mo­li­tion per­mit at­tached fol­low­ing an April 2017 coun­cil meet­ing.

The de­ci­sion to de­mol­ish the si­los sparked much con­ver­sa­tion within the town, with many call­ing for the si­los to re­main.

Moira Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark Hen­der­son said there were other op­por­tu­ni­ties for silo art.

‘‘There are other, per­haps bet­ter sit­u­ated, si­los within Moira Shire which could be used for this in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar art style,’’ Mr Hen­der­son said.

‘‘The si­los in Tungamah are an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple, with plans for a large-scale art­work to com­mence in com­ing months.’’

Al­though ad­mit­ting she was in two minds about the Co­bram si­los, res­i­dent Cather­ine Wright be­lieved art would be­come an as­set to the com­mu­nity.

Hav­ing seen the silo art in Ru­pa­nyup, in the state’s west, she said she thought they were beau­ti­ful and be­lieved paint­ing the Co­bram si­los could at­tract more tourists to the town.

‘‘They are pri­vately owned, and some would say just a haven for ver­min and should be pulled down and then the block be put to bet­ter use,’’ Ms Wright said.

‘‘(How­ever) I would love to see some art­work on them and it could be a fea­ture for the town.

‘‘Also tourists could come to ap­pre­ci­ate the art­work, which is def­i­nitely pop­u­lar in other coun­try towns on the Silo Art Trail.

‘‘I am sure it would be a big de­bate for the town, many peo­ple would be very op­posed to any mod­ern art be­ing such a big fea­ture in the town.’’

Koonoomoo res­i­dent June Wil­liams agreed that art­work on the silo would be an as­set and said she would be sad to see the si­los go.

‘‘I think it’s a cry­ing shame and an ab­so­lute waste, it is an iconic item in the com­mu­nity,’’ Ms Wil­liams said.

‘‘From the out­set I’ve al­ways con­sid­ered that as be­ing an ob­vi­ous site (for art­work) and it would be viewed from all di­rec­tions.

‘‘I imag­ine it would bring peo­ple into the town more as well.’’

Go­ing, go­ing . . . The Co­bram si­los are still slated for de­mo­li­tion.

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