Silo Art Trail attracts international attention | photos

YARRIAMBIACK Shire’s Silo Art Trail is continuing to attract international attention, despite there being two silos left to complete.

The trail includes painted silos at Brim, Patchewollock, Sheep Hills and Rupanyup.

Silos and Lascelles and Rosebery will be painted later this year.

The project has now gained attention from international travel guide Lonely Planet, with articles about the silos appearing on its website.

Brim General Store's Wavell McPherson.

Brim General Store's Wavell McPherson.

One Lonely Planet article said the huge murals were drawing travellers from all over the world to drought-stricken regions of north-west Victoria.

“Melbourne is globally renowned for its street art scene centred on its laneways, but towns around the region have been stealing some of the metropolis’ glory – and in ways a big city can’t match,” the article said.

Yarriambiack Shire chief executive Ray Campling said the project had gone beyond anyone’s expectations.

“It’s been very positive so far,” he said. “It’s proven to have quite an impact.”

TOURISM: Don and Sue Flynn from Roxby Downs visit silos at Sheep Hills as they were being painted. Picture: OLIVIA PAGE

TOURISM: Don and Sue Flynn from Roxby Downs visit silos at Sheep Hills as they were being painted. Picture: OLIVIA PAGE

The shire received $200,000 from both the state and federal governments last year for the project.

Council contributed $50,000 and GrainCorp donated the canvases. 

Mr Campling said the completed silos were amazing.

He said they were bringing people to the region from all over the state.

Jordan Weidemann features on the Rupanyup silos.

Jordan Weidemann features on the Rupanyup silos.

“I was up at Patchewollock not long ago and ran into a couple from Ceduna who had heard about the silos and wanted to come for a look,” he said.

“People are coming from all over the place.

“From talking to the public, it’s clear the silos are having a regional impact and bus loads of tourists have been coming and stopping in our towns for lunch.”

Sheep and wheat farmer Nick Hulland is depicted on the silos at Patchewollock, with his dog Wally. Picture: EDDIE JIM

Sheep and wheat farmer Nick Hulland is depicted on the silos at Patchewollock, with his dog Wally. Picture: EDDIE JIM

Mr Campling said council tried to promote the silos locally, regionally and internationally and the Lonely Planet attention would assist in that promotion.

“In Rupanyup, we also had a few other murals that were painted around town, which also helps bring in tourists,” he said.

Mr Campling said Lascelles silos would be painted later this month.