Silo art gains lasting support

By Liz Mellino

The GrainCrop Devenish silo art will be a lasting attraction after receiving support from the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council.

The artwork of a World War I nurse and a modern-day combat medic has attracted more than 2500 visitors since being unveiled on April 24.

The work by Melbourne artist Cam Scale celebrates the war efforts of women and the contribution of the local Devenish community to World War I.

State Veterans’ Affairs Minister John Eren said the Victorian Government honoured the service and sacrifice made by veterans through supporting projects such as this.

‘‘The Victorian Government has an important role to play in sharing the story of veterans’ service with the younger generations,’’ he said.

‘‘Through grant programs such as this, we’re recognising our service men and women and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make.’’

Devenish farmer Kevin Mitchell led the community effort to have the silos painted.

He said locals were thrilled people from across Australia had come to visit the silos, a welcome addition to the vibrant Devenish community.

‘‘As a small community we couldn’t do this project on our own,’’ he said.

‘‘The support we have received means we now have this lasting and fitting tribute to our service women.’’