Silo art at Cos­grove?

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One Dookie woman is hop­ing to help re­vive the Cos­grove com­mu­nity, push­ing for art on the town’s silo.

Put for­ward as part of the grant pro­gram Pick My Project, Dookie and Dis­trict Devel­op­ment Fo­rum mem­ber Dianne Feldt­mann has put the idea to the peo­ple in the hopes of se­cur­ing a $60 000 grant.

If the project re­ceives enough votes, Ms Feldt­mann said she was hope­ful the project would help drawn more peo­ple to the small town.

‘‘There’s not too much there, it’s lost its town­ship over the years,’’ she said.

‘‘They have an amaz­ing silo in a great space . . . it could help to re­store and rekin­dle Cos­grove and its history and the lit­tle town.’’

Sur­rounded by wide open fields, the si­los make an im­pact in the vista for peo­ple trav­el­ling around a par­tic­u­lar bend in New Dookie Rd — the Cossie bends as Ms Feldt­mann has dubbed them.

With towns to the east of Cos­grove com­plet­ing silo art this year, there is po­ten­tial for Cos­grove to act as the western gate­way to the area’s silo art which in­cludes Tungamah, Gooram­bat and Devenish.

If painted, Cos­grove’s si­los would be­come the re­gion’s fifth such site after silo art was com­pleted at Rochester in July.

‘‘The Dookie Fo­rum (which is act­ing as a com­mu­nity part­ner for the grant) were re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic and sup­port­ive, but we’re only early days,’’ Ms Feldt­mann said.

‘‘(Silo art) is fan­tas­tic for all those lit­tle towns. It’s bring­ing peo­ple from far and wide and this could be won­der­ful as well.’’

If the project was picked for a grant, Ms Feldt­mann said it would be for the peo­ple of Cos­grove to de­cide what they’d like to see on the town silo, but there had al­ready been plenty of con­ver­sa­tions.

‘‘Some are al­ready getting pho­tos to­gether of what could go on it,’’ she said.

With ex­ten­sions to walk­ing tracks set to ex­tend through to Cos­grove and nearby Mount Ma­jor and Dookie, Ms Feldt­mann is hope­ful the project can get the public votes it needs to be­come a re­al­ity. ■ For more in­for­ma­tion or to vote, visit: pick­mypro­ject.vic.gov.au phone 1800 797 818.

Seen from afar . . . With wide open spa­ces sur­round­ing it, many be­lieve the Cos­grove silo of­fers an ideal lo­ca­tion for silo art.

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