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12 January, 2021

GALLERY: Silo Art Trail raises $60k for regional communities

The Australian Silo Art Trail produced the inaugural 2021 Silo Art Calendar to raise money for the silo art communities, and are proud to donate over $60,000 back to the 14 local communities featured in the silo art calendar.


Annette Green.

THE Australian Silo Art Trail produced the inaugural 2021 Silo Art Calendar to raise money for the silo art communities, and are proud to donate over $60,000 back to the 14 local communities featured in the silo art calendar. 

Annette Green, who started the Facebook Page in September 2018 and Damian Modra, who both call themselves regional tourism ambassadors, had an ambitious idea in March 2020 to publish a silo art calendar to be promoted for online sales through their Australian Silo Art Trail Facebook group. 

The 2021 calendar is the first of its kind and features 14 of the now 44 silo art murals from around Australia. 

“In those crazy COVID-19 lock-down periods, everyone involved in tourism industries had been hit hard, so Annette and I wanted to coordinate our efforts to promote regional tourism ready for when we could travel again, and also offer some financial support for the communities that had worked hard to have their local silos painted,” said Mr Modra. 

“Planning and designing the calendar took a lot of effort. 

"Not only did we need to source great photos, we also needed to meet all copyright laws and artist moral rights by seeking approval from the artists and silo owners to use their creative art work for our calendar. Permission was granted on the proviso that we would donate 50 per cent of the profits from the sale of the calendar, directly to the towns that will be featured.” 

“We set ourselves a personal target to try and donate over $1,000 to each of the 14 communities and we are very proud that we will exceed this amount with over $4000 being given back to each small regional towns," Mrs Green said.

"Sales of the inaugural calendar was phenomenal and in the end we had three print runs. The feedback we have been given has been truly fantastic and we feel very proud to play our part in promoting the silo art trail around Australia and giving some financial reward back.” 

Mrs Green said the Australian Silo Art Trail was initially created to catalogue the silos and provide a simple map of the silo art locations nationally. 

"At that time there was no dedicated tourism body promoting these great tourist attractions collectively as one national trail...and there still isn’t.” 

The Australian Silo Art Trail Facebook Group now has over 67,000 members. 

The group has a wide variety of members, ranging from people that are traveling around the country following the trail and finding new art, people that are planning their next bucket list trip, and many more who are arm chair travellers and appreciate the art murals. 

BOOST FOR THALLON

The spectacular painted silos of Thallon have garnered a $4000 boost to their small yet resilient community, by way of a donation from the Australian Silo Art Trail. 

Balonne Shire Mayor Samantha O’Toole has congratuled the Thallon Progress Association on their continued successes stemming from the mural project. 

“Thallon Progress Association are a valuable asset to the community, and council is proud to have supported the group as they made their silo art dream a reality” she said. 

“For them to receive this donation is a wonderful recognition of the hard work and community spirit that went into making what is now a true icon of our region. 

“The silos don’t just bring tourists to Thallon, they have put our whole Shire on the map and that contribution to local tourism ripples out through the entire Balonne Shire community.” 

In Thallon, the Progress Association has raised vital funds through silo merchandise, but the impact of having a major attraction goes beyond that, Thallon Progress Association member Liz Hill said. 

“The silos have become a gate-way for entry to the shire and indeed Queensland,” she said. 

“They have attracted tourists and given locals a boost during this extended period of drought and provided hope for the future.” 

A community project pushed on by the progressive group of residents, long-time local Bill Willis said the attraction gave Thallon a new lease on life. 

“Without the silos we’d have no drive for the future and nothing to show us what is possible,” he said. 

Thallon Progress Association has expressed their gratitude for being awarded the grant, and a place on the sellout calendar.

Secretary Leanne Brosnan said the entire Australian Silo Art Trail initiative has given so much back to small rural communities. 

"When the silos were painted, we could never have envisaged the incredible benefits the watering hole mural would bring to Thallon,” she said. 

“They are definitely the gift that keeps on giving.” 

Thallon Progress Association will hold it’s popular Grazing at the Waterhole long table feast beneath the silos and stars on March 13, 2021. 

Tickets will be available closer to the date, and can be purchased online at www.grazingatthewateringhole.com.au 



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