We­want to join silo art trail

Campaspe News - - PICK MY PROJECT - By LACH­LAN DURLING

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.

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