Stick shed transformation plan
One of the Wimmera’s top historic attractions will be transformed following the provision of two grants.
Regional Arts Victoria has delivered Murtoa’s Stick Shed committee of management $14,840 through the Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund.
The announcement comes after a $9918 contribution towards the heritage-listed building from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
Committee chair Judith Welsh said the two grants, totalling almost $25,000, would help ensure the
‘mighty’ stick shed continued to thrive as a Wimmera attraction.
She said the grants would be used to support infrastructure development and the creation of an artist’s residency with Natimuk artists Dave Jones, Anthony Schellens and Jillian Pearce.
“The grant applications were a coordinated effort between the committee and the three Natimuk artists, which is a nice way that the two communities have worked together,” she said.
“This will fund an artist’s in residency display, which will help create a sound and light show performance for Murtoa’s Big Weekend event in October.
“We will have a meeting in the next week to finalise the project and design and explore the opportunities we have to create something really spectacular.”
Mrs Welsh said new audio, visual and lighting infrastructure would help create the free performance, which will tell the story of the Wimmera and incorporate the building’s history to ‘really bring the shed to life’.
She said developments would also add an extra element to future events and ensure people from across Australia continued to visit.
“We have the stick shed open six days a week now,” she said.
“People visit from right across the country, and a lot of the traffic that comes through is from word of mouth.
“This money means we can develop infrastructure that gives us the possibility of having better events in the future, using audio, visual and lighting.
“Once we lay the infrastructure, there’s the opportunity to continue to use that and ensure this is a continuing Wimmera attraction.”
Regional Arts Victoria provided community grants to 13 Victorian projects, including Murtoa’s Stick Shed, in round one of applications this year.
Director of partnerships Liz Zito said Murtoa’s application was ‘exceedingly great’ in what is always a competitive process. “We were delighted to be able to recommend Murtoa’s Stick Shed for funding, it has incredible history behind it,” she said.
“This will be great for their community and for the government as well to be able to see what these regional communities are doing.”
Mrs Welsh said the funding was a welcome indicator and endorsement of the value in Wimmera and regional communities.
“This recognises the shed’s history and what it adds to our region,” she said.
“It is a great investment in the area’s talent and the community.”