Silo project has town abuzz

November 07, 2017

Ready to rock . . . Goorambat Football Netball representative Trevor Reaburn and Goorambat and District Community Group members Greg Gall (president), Anne-Marie Greenway and Jenny Reaburn.

Street art . . . Sophia by Matt Adnate inside the Goorambat Uniting Church is an example of artwork the town has already commissioned.

Goorambat is well on its way to becoming the first town in northern Victoria to have artwork painted on its silo.

The Goorambat and District Community Group is in the process of deciding on the design after starting discussions back in April.

‘‘It snowballed from the church wall,’’ committee member Anne-Marie Greenway said.

‘‘At this stage, we are looking at a couple of designs from a couple of artists.

‘‘A snake has been put forward (to paint) as has eagles and all sorts of things.

‘‘My personal choice is something that fits in with the community,’’ she said.

It will cost $40000 to paint the silo, a quarter of which the Goorambat and District Community Group is fundraising with the rest of the money coming from government grants and sponsorship.

As part of the fundraising, the community group is running a rock ’n’ roll dance night on Friday, November 10 as part of the Benalla Festival.

‘‘This is our first big attempt (for funding) and we will see how we go from there,’’ Mrs Greenway said.

‘‘We really want people coming. If they want to dress up, all the better.

‘‘There will be a raffle with a camp oven and truck driving lessons as prizes.’’

Group president Greg Gall said the progress had the town buzzing.

‘‘We’re all excited about it. All little towns have something to offer,’’ he said.

‘‘There has been great interest for people joining the committee,’’ Mrs Greenway said.

The group is hoping to have the painting completed during next year’s Wall to Wall Festival, which is organised by the Benalla Street Art Committee.

The rock ’n’ roll dance night is at the Goorambat Hall on Friday, November 10, from 8pm.

Tickets are $20 each, with children aged under 16 free of charge.

Tickets are available from the Goorambat Post Office, Goorambat Railway Hotel, Leading Edge Books Benalla and from members of the community group.

Drinks will be available at bar prices.

■For more information on the fundraising night, phone 0428642630.

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