Valley Gallery

Yarrawonga options discussed

By Country News

Discussions about the next stage in the process of attracting silo art in Yarrawonga have amped up following positive responses to an article published two weeks ago in the Yarrawonga Chronicle.

But plans for art on the Pearce St silo could be thwarted before they begin with an expected price tag of about $50000.

A spokesperson for grain storage and transport company GrainCorp, who owns one of the disused silos, said discussions between the community and council would need to take place before an outcome could be determined.

Owner of the Sharp St silo and Hadar Homes managing director Rick Leeworthy said he was open to the possibility of having artwork on his silo.

‘‘We have plans to develop the site, but we are open to all possibilities,’’ he said.

Mr Leeworthy said he was keen to develop the disused silo and adjacent land into an apartment complex similar to one that was transformed in Collingwood.

‘‘All options are on the table so I am not closed to the idea. It would be fantastic to see something happen on the site.’’

Previously GrainCorp has worked closely with councils and community groups to explore whether silo art is right for their community, including if there is a suitable silo, safety, operational and other factors.

‘‘While GrainCorp is happy to donate the silos as canvas, typically artist fees and equipment hire, etc cost around $50000 per site,’’ GrainCorp corporate affairs manager Luke O’Donnell said.

He said any community group or council that was interested in exploring silo art for their community was encouraged to visit GrainCorp’s website to review its policy.

—Emma Prior