Hop­ing silo is picked for project

Shepparton News - Country News - - NEWS - By Alana Chris­tensen ■ For more in­for­ma­tion or to vote, visit: pick­mypro­ject.vic.gov.au

A group of Col­binab­bin lo­cals have turned to peo­ple power in a bid to see their beloved town silo trans­formed into a piece of art.

Hav­ing orig­i­nally con­sid­ered the idea at the start of the year, Sadie Vale and Vic Feed’s Alan and Carolyn Meyer, who own the silo, said the grant project Pick my Project of­fered the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to se­cure fund­ing.

Af­ter months of plan­ning, the project has pro­gressed through to the next round of the grant pro­gram where it will now com­pete against other lo­cal projects for com­mu­nity votes to se­cure fund­ing.

‘‘There’s def­i­nitely some ex­cite­ment around town. Lots of peo­ple are jump­ing on board with the idea and vot­ing,’’ Ms Vale said.

‘‘We’re re­ally ex­cited. The silo is in the per­fect location and we think it’s re­ally good and just lovely there.

‘‘Al­though there’s a very small pop­u­la­tion in the town, there’s lot of large fam­i­lies and it sort of rip­ples ev­ery­where . . . hope­fully we can get the votes.’’

With a so­cial me­dia cam­paign, letter drops and in­for­ma­tion evenings set to be or­gan­ised to en­cour­age peo­ple to get on board with the idea, Ms Meyer said Vic Feeds was ex­cited at the prospect of get­ting its silo painted.

‘‘We would like to help keep the lo­cal store and post of­fice and things thriv­ing and vi­able,’’ she said.

‘‘They’re re­liant on a lot of pass­ing trade and this would help to cre­ate a valu­able meet­ing place.’’

For Col­binab­bin Coun­try Ho­tel pub­li­cans Mary Ann Mor­gan and Julie Price the project is one that could help see the town at­tract more visi­tors.

‘‘It’s such a beau­ti­ful place and we just want to share the beauty,’’ Ms Price said.

‘‘We’ve got plenty of peo­ple pass­ing through, we want to make them stop.’’

Ms Mor­gan said the si­los were an im­por­tant part of the town and some­thing she re­mem­bered be­ing a big part of her child­hood.

‘‘Grow­ing up as a child it was al­ways such a won­der­ful sum­mer event. There would be all the trucks com­ing past and fill­ing the silo with the grain,’’ she said.

‘‘It was just such a part of our child­hood.’’

With larger towns in­clud­ing El­more, Echuca and Shep­par­ton close by, Ms Mor­gan said she hoped peo­ple from across the re­gion would jump on board and vote for their project.

‘‘Those towns are very fond of small coun­try towns . . . There’s a real sense of sup­port and in­ter­est,’’ she said.

If the bid is suc­cess­ful, a com­mit­tee would be formed to de­ter­mine what would be painted on the silo with an ex­act sched­ule yet to be de­ter­mined.

If com­pleted, the Col­binab­bin silo would be the fifth to be painted in north­ern Vic­to­ria fol­low­ing silo art painted on si­los in Tungamah, Gooram­bat, Devenish and Rochester this year.

Vic­to­rian res­i­dents aged 16 years and older are el­i­gi­ble to vote for their favourite Pick my Project, with suc­cess­ful projects to be an­nounced in Septem­ber.

The town of Cos­grove has also cre­ated a Pick My Project in a bid to have its silo painted.

Blank can­vas . . . Col­binab­bin is us­ing peo­ple power to hope­fully join the silo art trail.

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