Silo painting go-ahead

Silos: The silos of Serviceton and Kaniva will be painted in exciting news for the two towns.
Silos: The silos of Serviceton and Kaniva will be painted in exciting news for the two towns.

Almost a year since funding was first announced, the Kaniva and Serviceton silo painting projects have a scheduled start date.

The Kaniva and District Progress Association, working with the West Wimmera Shire Council and silo owners GrainCorp, were pleased to announce last week that their two silo painting projects will begin in March next year.

Kaniva and District Progress Association chair Julie Finch said locals were delighted to lock in a start date to have the silos painted in Kaniva and Serviceton.

"In Kaniva, because we have so many cars that dart through the centre of our town every day, we were interested in having a tourism attraction that would perhaps help people to want to stop here and then that would bring financial benefit to the town," Mrs Finch said.

In Serviceton, Mrs Finch is hoping the painted silos will encourage more people to come to the town and see some of the existing attractions.

"More people are going to be able to see their beautiful historic railway station because they've got another reason to be able to go into Serviceton - so that will be fantastic."

Although the start date has been set, the silos are still without a design or a designer.

The council has begun the task of looking for expressions of interest from artists who can complete the work.

"Once the artist has been decided both communities can have input into what they would like to have painted on the silos," Mrs Finch explained.

Kaniva and District Progress Association is aiming to have the silos included in the Silo Art Trail; a series of painted silos that stretches over 200km, linking Brim with neighbouring towns Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup and Sheep Hills.

These projects are funded by the Victorian Government's Pick My Project grant scheme which saw locals vote for their favourite community nominated projects.

In the West Wimmera Council area, three silo painting projects received a wave of community support and secured funding.

The Kaniva and Serviceton silos received just under $200,000 to be painted and the Goroke silo project received $102,100.