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Yarrawonga silo art gathers support

By Country News

Various groups and members of the community have thrown their support behind artwork being created on the unused concrete silos in Yarrawonga, saying it could be another drawcard to the town.

Initial conversation began more than 12 months ago about silo art being introduced to Yarrawonga, however, a representative from Moira Shire Council said because the concrete silos on Pearce and Sharp Sts were currently privately owned, any work to be done would have to be determined by the owners.

Talks have since increased in the past few weeks after Tungamah secured the skills of renowned Broome-based street artist Sobrane to spray-paint the town’s silos, owned by the farming Cooper family.

Tungamah-raised Mulwala resident Joanne Smyth raised the idea of silo art to this area in 2016 on the Facebook page titled Tungamah – Tales of the Good Old Days.

She said she would love to see more areas in the region, in particular Yarrawonga, go ahead with the project and had some ideas on the subjects that could be painted.

‘‘The theme could be a representation of each town as well as the history of the area by depicting the story and the historical importance of both towns and surrounding areas,’’ Ms Smyth said.

‘‘Yarrawonga could have a paddle-steamer and a representation of a local indigenous tribe on one side to represent the town’s history, and then the lake and, say, water skiing on the other side to bring the modern town to it as well.’’

Moira Shire representative Georgia Hills said the shire would examine the Moira Planning Scheme if a proposal was brought forward to it in the future.

Yarrawonga Mulwala Visitor Information Centre’s tourism team leader Helen Copland said it had been a subject of conversation at the centre since the first silo was publicised.

‘‘Many community members and visitors who’ve been here have told us they’ve visited the other silo locations and think our town should do the same thing,’’ Ms Copland said.

‘‘The Visitor Information Centre and Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism & Business would think that this is a great project if it were to go ahead.’’

—Emma Prior