Stick shed trans­for­ma­tion plan

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY LOTTE REITER

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.”

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