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Colbinabbin pitches silo art idea

By Alana Christensen

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.

■For more information or to vote, visit: pickmyproject.vic.gov.au