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Push for local silo artwork

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January 17, 2018

Finley’s Julie Loughman has started a campaign to have artwork installed on the town’s silos.

Mrs Loughman would like to see Finley join the growing number of towns with silo artwork displays, similar to the ones seen in Victoria’s Wimmera and Mallee regions.

A report in last week’s Country News regarding local silo artwork ignited the push, with Finley’s four large silos one of the first attractions seen by drivers when travelling along the Newell Hwy.

Long-time local business Kelly Grains, as well as Finley’s Chamber of Commerce both support the idea.

‘‘The silos with artwork look sensational,’’ Mrs Loughman said.

‘‘How good would it be for people to drive through Finley and see these magnificent silo artworks?

‘‘I think Finley should be on the map of silos that have artwork.

‘‘I’ve contacted wall artists from Melbourne who have told me it’s an excellent canvas. They informed me that it can take up to two years before it even gets painted.

‘‘It provides an opportunity for people to stop at the silos, have a break in Finley and check out the town.’’

Kelly Grains owner Chris Kelly said he supports the idea, and it’s something the business has investigated in the past and supports going forward.

‘‘At this stage our aim is to start a conversation with the relevant people.

‘‘There are many things that need to be done before anything can happen, starting with design and choice of artist.

‘‘One priority is to start a silo artwork committee and gain input from the community,’’ he said.

The closest towns to Finley which have committed to silo artwork are Tungamah, Devenish and Goorambat in Victoria.

The Finley silo artwork is expected to cost somewhere between $80,000 to $120,000.

Finley Chamber of Commerce president Gary Carr said chamber could help seek grants to contribute to the cost.

‘‘Chamber would support the silo artwork in any way possible,’’ Mr Carr said.

‘‘It would be great to see our silos painted as there is certainly a tourism market for silo artwork.

‘‘If it means drivers are stopping in Finley then it can only benefit local businesses.

‘‘We’re glad the conversation has started and we need to strike while the iron is hot.’’

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