Rochester to paint third silo
WHO has seen the squirrel glider and the azure kingfisher in Rochester? Well, soon there’s going to be more to see.
The small town of Rochester, Victoria has announced that international artist D’vate will paint a third silo in the town starting mid-November.
D’vate is the artist who in 2018 turned unused GrainCorp silos into a tourist attraction in the middle of Rochester on the Northern Highway.
Rochester is 25 minutes south of Echuca and 45 minutes north of Bendigo.
“It is a must to see D’vate in action! Watching silos get painted is something to be seen,” said Kate Taylor, local Rochester resident.
“Spending the time to see him in action as well as visit the local cafes and retail shops, the Rochester Sports Museum and the murals throughout town is a wonderful experience.”
Owners of the silos, GrainCorp, are a major supporter of the initiative.
“GrainCorp is proud to work with communities to grow the Australian Silo Art Trail, and the mural at Rochester brings a lot of joy to locals and tourists alike,” said Jess Simons, manager of corporate affairs at GrainCorp.
“We can’t wait to see the new addition to the silos and encourage everyone to hit the road when possible, to get out and support our rural communities over summer.”
This Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program project received funding from the Australian Government.
The local community has raised the remainder of the funds.
“The existing silo art in Rochester is just stunning, so I’m absolutely thrilled a third silo will feature art from D’Vate,” said Damian Drum, Federal MP for Nicholls.
“Silo art has proven to be a winner in drawing visitors to regional destinations, including many in the Goulburn Valley, and as we emerge from COVID lockdowns, this project will be a much-needed boost for local businesses.
“Congratulations to everyone involved in making this project a reality – I can’t wait to get over to see the finished product for myself!” said Mr Drum.