Artwork officially launched

By Benalla Ensign

The Goorambat and District Community Group held the official launch of its newly decorated silos on Saturday.

Valued sponsors and community members were joined by Benalla Rural City Mayor Don Firth and State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan at the event.

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, a keen supporter of the Wall to Wall Festival, sent an apology to organisers as she was unable to attend.

The Healesville Sanctuary, home of the owl pictured on one of the silos, was represented and three staff made the long trip to be part of the day.

They joined artist DVate’s wife Carmen to unveil the information sign that will be placed at the fence-line for visitors to read when they arrive to view the silos.

Goorambat and District Community Group president Greg Gall opened the launch and spoke about forming the community group and the commitment of the members.

He spoke about the hard work the committee had undertaken, firstly to oversee the Uniting Church mural by Adnate last year, and the plans to organise the silos to be painted this year.

He also discussed the importance of securing Jimmy DVate as the artist and his concept of the barking owl.

‘‘I would like to thank the Goorambat CFA for their assistance in preparing the silos, they washed down all the surfaces so that the painting could occur,’’ Mr Gall said.

‘‘I also wanted to thank Wall to Wall Chair Roxanne Demasson, Shannon Tharratt of One Wild Apple, who was a great support for the artists in Benalla as well as DVate.’’

Ros Gall from the University of Melbourne, Dookie Agricultural College also attended and spoke about the support the university had given to the silo project.

Goorambat and District Community Group finished the official talks by presenting Jimmy and Carmen a memento photograph of the Silos and thanked them for all their work in creating the mural.