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Late election promise for silo art funding

By Country News

Victorian towns looking to revitalise their silos will receive a boost, with a cash injection of $1million set to become available.

A late election promise from the Labor Party before the November 24 election, the fund will allow artists from around the country and world to apply for grants of up to $300000 to transform silos or buildings with large-scale artworks.

Northern Victorian currently has four painted silos, with Tungamah the first town in the region to have silo art after the community painted the silo in February.

Goorambat, Devenish and Rochester also completed silo art this year, while Colbinabbin secured a Victorian Government grant in September to paint its silo.

‘‘Art can revitalise a region, honour its history and change its future — that’s why we are investing in more art installations across Victoria,’’ Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley said.

He said silo art had been a ‘‘game changer’’, helping to increase tourism, boost business and support local jobs.

The funding comes three years after the first silo art was painted in Victoria in the town of Brim in the Wimmera.

Benalla City Council Mayor Scott Upston said silo art in Devenish had made a real difference to the area.

‘‘Since the silos were launched in April 2017, more than 20000 people have visited Devenish,’’ Cr Upston said.

‘‘One group of visitors flew from New Zealand into Sydney then drove to Devenish just to see the silos.

‘‘The sense of pride and reinvigoration in the town and surrounding area cannot be underestimated.’’