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New money backs Australia’s biggest outdoor gallery

August 11, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Which is Australia’s biggest outdoor art gallery? Think giant street art on silos, the wonderful Grampians Peak Trail and some great wineries and fisheries.

These are some of the tourism drawcards in Western Victoria, which has received a big funding boost.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews visited Sheep Hills Art Silo to announce that Victoria’s Government would invest AUD 500,000 to attract more visitors to the region and create new jobs.

The funding will be spent with the local community and will go towards developing a tourism plan to boost visitors, diversify the economy and make more of everything the Grampians, Mallee, and Wimmera has to offer.

The aim is to encourage adventure and cultural activities, including increased use of the region’s outstanding natural assets and trails and build on the Grampians Peak Trail – currently under construction – and the new 200 kilometre Silo Art Trail.

Silo Art

Backed by all tiers of Government, artists and local business, the innovative Silo Art Trail showcases the work of renowned street artists, whose works adorn sides of towering wheat silos that have defined the Wimmera and Mallee’s rural landscape for many years.

The Silo Art Trail is on track to become the country’s biggest outdoor gallery. Locals see it revitalising local towns such Rupanyup, Brim and Sheep Hills by bringing in thousands of visitors and creating new jobs.

The visitor economy is crucial to the future economic development of regional and rural Victoria, with the sector contributing AUD 11.5 billion to the regional economy and generating 114,400 jobs annually.

“With a proud farming history and world class tourism drawcards, the Wimmera Southern Mallee region really has the best of everything,” Premier Andrews said.

“With funds to boost tourism and create jobs, there is no limit to how far this region can go.”

Edited by Peter Needham

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