La­bor win brings silo art funds

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Vic­to­rian towns look­ing to re­vi­talise their si­los will re­ceive a boost, with a cash in­jec­tion of $1 mil­lion set to be­come avail­able.

A late elec­tion prom­ise from the La­bor Party be­fore the Novem­ber 24 elec­tion, the fund will al­low artists from around the coun­try and world to ap­ply for grants of up to $300 000 to trans­form si­los or build­ings with large-scale art­works.

North­ern Vic­to­rian cur­rently has four painted si­los, with Tungamah the first town in the re­gion to have silo art after the com­mu­nity painted the silo in Fe­bru­ary.

Gooram­bat, Devenish and Rochester also com­pleted silo art this year, while Col­binab­bin se­cured a Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment grant in Septem­ber to paint its silo.

‘‘Art can re­vi­talise a re­gion, hon­our its his­tory and change its fu­ture — that’s why we are in­vest­ing in more art in­stal­la­tions across Vic­to­ria,’’ Creative In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Martin Fo­ley said.

He said silo art had been a ‘‘game changer’’, help­ing to in­crease tourism, boost busi­ness and sup­port lo­cal jobs.

The fund­ing comes three years after the first silo art was painted in Vic­to­ria in the town of Brim in the Wim­mera.

Be­nalla City Coun­cil Mayor Scott Up­ston said silo art in Devenish had made a real dif­fer­ence to the area.

‘‘Since the si­los were launched in April 2017, more than 20 000 peo­ple have vis­ited Devenish,’’ Cr Up­ston said.

‘‘One group of visitors flew from New Zealand into Syd­ney then drove to Devenish just to see the si­los.

‘‘The sense of pride and rein­vig­o­ra­tion in the town and sur­round­ing area can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.’’

Pic­ture: Luke He­mer

Tourism boost . . . More silo art could be on the cards, with a $1 mil­lion fund to be estab­lished fol­low­ing the Vic­to­rian elec­tion. It’s hoped it will bring more visitors to the re­gion like Morn­ing­ton’s He­len Sands and An­drew Slessar, who made the trip to Rochester to see the si­los ear­lier this year.

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