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Art hope for Cosgrove

By Country News

One Dookie woman is hoping to help revive the Cosgrove community, pushing for art on the town’s silo.

Put forward as part of the grant program Pick My Project, Dookie and District Development Forum member Dianne Feldtmann has put the idea to the people in the hopes of securing a $60000 grant.

If the project receives enough votes, Ms Feldtmann said she was hopeful the project would help drawn more people to the small town.

‘‘There’s not too much there, it’s lost its township over the years,’’ she said.

‘‘They have an amazing silo in a great space ... it could help to restore and rekindle Cosgrove and its history and the little town.’’

Surrounded by wide open fields, the silos make an impact in the vista for people travelling around a particular bend in New Dookie Rd — the Cossie bends as Ms Feldtmann has dubbed them.

With towns to the east of Cosgrove completing silo art this year, there is potential for Cosgrove to act as the western gateway to the area’s silo art which includes Tungamah, Goorambat and Devenish.

If painted, Cosgrove’s silos would become the region’s fifth such site after silo art was completed at Rochester in July.

‘‘The Dookie Forum (which is acting as a community partner for the grant) were really enthusiastic and supportive, but we’re only early days,’’ Ms Feldtmann said.

‘‘(Silo art) is fantastic for all those little towns. It’s bringing people from far and wide and this could be wonderful as well.’’

If the project was picked for a grant, Ms Feldtmann said it would be for the people of Cosgrove to decide what they’d like to see on the town silo, but there had already been plenty of conversations.

‘‘Some are already getting photos together of what could go on it,’’ she said.

With extensions to walking tracks set to extend through to Cosgrove and nearby Mount Major and Dookie, Ms Feldtmann is hopeful the project can get the public votes it needs to become a reality.

■For more information or to vote, visit: pickmyproject.vic.gov.au or phone 1800 797 818.