Wewant to join silo art trail
THERE could be one more stop on the silo art trail if a group of Colbinabbin locals have their way.
A partnership with the Colbinabbin Country Hotel and Vic Feeds, committed community members have applied for funding through the state government’s Pick My Project fund.
The program has been hailed as an innovative way for locals to have their say on what projects they want to see happen in their community.
And Sadie Vale, who put the idea forward for nomination, thinks Colbinabbin is the missing link in the silo trail.
“Following the trail across the state and in New South Wales, I was fascinated and thought; ‘wouldn’t it be great to paint Colbinabbin’s?’” she said.
“Some time ago I engaged with Vic Feeds and thought it would be great to have in town. They were agreeable and then the Pick My Project fund came up.”
Sadie said they’re making sure to not put the cart before the horse, as she’s holding out to hear the outcome before forming a committee.
“A lot of people are showing an interest and if it happens it’ll be a community project,” she said.
“We’re aware it’s a competitive voting process and we’re really hoping to be successful for the town.”
Vic Feeds’ Carolyn Meyer said the business was more than happy to support a project that could bring money to the town.
“Around the time the Devenish silos had been painted Sadie came to us and at the time we thought it would require a mammoth fundraising effort from the small town,” she said.
“When the funding option came up we decided to go for it. It is something that would support the town and if we can get people stopping in it keeps the local businesses humming along and viable.”
The site is still operational, however Carolyn said if the project goes ahead there would only be minor interruptions — if any — for the painting process.
“We’re busy with the business, so we just have the canvas available,” she said. “But once complete there’s the opportunity to view them from public land quite easily.”
Mary-Anne Morgan, Sadie Vale and Carolyn Meyer at the Colbinabbin silos.