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Colbinabbin silo art picked

By Alana Christensen

Silo art is coming to Colbinabbin, with the small town the recipient of more than $100000 in funding to get the project off the ground.

Having entered the statewide Pick My Project initiative several months ago, local Sadie Vale said she was taken by surprise when she heard their project had been selected.

‘‘I thought it would still be a good few weeks before we heard, so it completely took me by surprise,’’ Ms Vale said.

The $30million Pick My Project initiative gave all Victorian residents the opportunity to submit and vote for projects to improve their community, with the most popular projects receiving funding.

The Colbinabbin silo art project, which received 476 votes, was the most supported project idea in the Loddon Campaspe region and saw many locals putting in a lot of time in an effort to mobilise the community to vote, with Ms Vale turning to the trusty phone book for some help.

‘‘I just opened up the local phone book and rang everyone in the district,’’ Ms Vale said.

Using Facebook, the local notice board and word of mouth to spread the word ultimately did the trick.

‘‘(The project) will just give the town a big lift,’’ Colbinabbin Country Hotel publican Julie Price said.

‘‘Certainly the businesses should benefit.’’

Many in the town have fond memories of the silos, which are currently owned and operated by Vic Feeds’ Alan and Carolyn Meyer and have been a fixture of the town for decades.

‘‘There’s a lot of history with the silos and that’s important to sometimes go back a step ... It was a such a lively area when we were kids,’’ Ms Vale said.

‘‘Especially in the summer, it provided a lot of jobs,’’ Ms Price said.

Now waiting to finalise the funding, the women said they would be looking to form a steering committee in the future and begin consultation regarding potential artists and artwork for the silo.

■To follow the project, visit: www.facebook.com/colbinabbinsiloarttrail