More cash for Wall to Wall

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Si­mon Rup­pert

For the fourth year in a row, State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing has been se­cured for Be­nalla’s now world recog­nised Wall to Wall Fes­ti­val.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes joined La­bor Can­di­date for Euroa Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton and Wall to Wall Com­mit­tee Chair Rox­anne De­mas­son to an­nounce $90 000 in fund­ing to­wards the world class street art fes­ti­val in 2019.

Ms Symes said that the an­nual fes­ti­val has ce­mented Be­nalla as the re­gional street art cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia thanks to the sup­port of the lo­cal town­ship and the amaz­ing art­works by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists.

‘‘I’m thrilled that the ad­vo­cacy work Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton, our La­bor can­di­date for Euroa, and I have done in (se­cur­ing) fund­ing for the 2019 Wall to Wall Fes­ti­val in my home town,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘I have worked hard to en­sure the fes­ti­val re­ceives Gov­ern­ment sup­port and it’s fan­tas­tic to see the event con­tinue to grow each year.

‘‘The fes­ti­val and re­sult­ing art brings thou­sands of peo­ple to beau­ti­ful Be­nalla year-round, boost­ing the and sup­port­ing lo­cal jobs.

‘‘It has rein­vig­o­rated Be­nalla, putting it on the world stage as a leader in street art.’’

Ms Dep­peler-Mor­ton said not only does the fes­ti­val bring vis­i­tors to Be­nalla it has also in­jected new en­ergy and colour to the town.

‘‘The col­lec­tion of street art works in Be­nalla is sec­ond to none and there isn’t a place in Aus­tralia that has so many high qual­ity mu­rals in the one place,’’ she said.

‘‘Just as in­fra­struc­ture and in­vest­ment are crit­i­cal to en­sure a thriv­ing com­mu­nity, so too are cul­ture ex­pe­ri­ences and the com­ing to­gether as a com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate all that is great about it - Be­nalla has cer­tainly found its creative niche.’’

Ms De­mas­son thanked the Vic­to­rian lo­cal econ­omy Gov­ern­ment for its con­tin­ued sup­port for the Wall to Wall Fes­ti­val.

‘‘This will be our fifth year, and the suc­cess of the fes­ti­val is in large part thanks to our part­ner­ship with the Gov­ern­ment.

‘‘This year’s fes­ti­val will add even more colour to Be­nalla with plans to paint iconic build­ings and to build on the im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of works in the CBD and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘We have also pushed the fes­ti­val back to April next year to take ad­van­tage of the beau­ti­ful north east au­tumn weather.

‘‘We’re also hop­ing to ac­ti­vate the skate park again and we will in­tro­duce more work­shops for the com­mu­nity.

‘‘The artists will be an­nounced at a later date, but what I can tell you to­day is that it will be an ex­cit­ing line-up.’’

Cash can­vassed: Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes joined Wall to Wall Com­mit­tee Chair Rox­anne De­mas­son and La­bor Can­di­date for Euroa Fionna Dep­pel­erMor­ton to an­nounce fund­ing for next year’s Wall to Wall Fes­ti­val.

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