Devenish’s town silo is set for a makeover, with thrilled community members announcing it will be painted in March as part of this year’s Wall to Wall Festival.
Devenish Silo Art Committee members Kevin Mitchell and David Lidgerwood are part of a handful of community members who have made the project their focus in recent months.
Devenish is the third town in northern Victoria to confirm it will turn its silos into art, following Tungamah’s plans to paint its silo in February, and Goorambat’s plans to also paint its silo during the Wall to Wall Festival.
Following years of conversations around town about the silo, Mr Mitchell said he was excited to finally see the silo painted by Melbourne artist Cam Scale.
‘‘He’s really keen to come to Devenish and get to know the town,’’ Mr Mitchell said.
‘‘What we’re leaning towards for the artwork is a tribute to young men and women who answered the call in times of war for this country.’’
Mr Lidgerwood said small towns such as Devenish contributed their best and brightest to their country in times of war.
‘‘Devenish did contribute quite significantly to the war effort for our size ... It’s totally different (to other silo art that has been done) and it’s nice to do it that way,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a way to celebrate vibrant young people,’’ Mr Mitchell added.
The committee members are hopeful the transformation of the Graincorp-owned silo will reinvigorate the town and draw visitors travelling on Benalla-Yarrawonga Rd and Benalla-Tocumwal Rd through town to stop at the silo and soak up the atmosphere of the town.
‘‘We’re a town that’s trying to retain our hotel and post office,’’ Mr Mitchell said.
‘‘Cars that just drive by through town now, I don’t think they will be doing that once the silo is done,’’ Mr Lidgerwood said.
Although receiving financial contributions through the Wall to Wall Festival, the town is continuing to fundraise the remainder of the cost of painting the silo.
‘‘The public and local farming community have been incredibly generous, the whole town is enthusiastic and we’re grateful for their donations,’’ Mr Mitchell said.
‘‘With Goorambat and other towns on board, there’s been a good response. Hopefully more towns will get involved and we can create a trail.’’
■Anyone wishing to donate can phone Kevin Mitchell on 5764 4293 or David Lidgerwood on 5764 4291 or send contributions to Devenish Silo Art Committee c/o Devenish Post Office.