Yelarbon silo art expected to draw tourists

Where to see Queensland's newest silo art

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The silo art at Yelarbon as it reaches its final stages.

The silo art at Yelarbon as it reaches its final stages.

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Work on Queensland's newest silo art project has been completed, with Yelarbon ready to reap the tourism benefits.

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QUEENSLAND'S newest silo art has taken shape at Yelarbon, ready to draw tourists to the region.

Four of the eight GrainCorp silos at Yelarbon have been painted, after being awarded funding under the federal government's Drought Communities Programme Extension, intended to revitalise small, drought-stricken rural communities across Australia.

Work began on the silos in late May and was due to be completed late this week, with the construction of a viewing area in its final stages.

The new artwork, entitled "When the rain comes" has been painted by members of artist group The Brightsiders, the same group that painted Thallon's silos.

The collective drew inspiration from the Yelarbon Lagoon and also features a young boy, representing the importance of primary industries and a boat made out of historical newspaper clippings.

Artists Jordache Castillejos, Jordan Bruce and Steven Falco worked from sunrise to sunset using 800 litres, 400 spray cans to create the work.

The artists have enjoyed a taste of country hospitality while working on the silos, with locals bringing them lunch and stopping for a chat.

Castillejos said they put up gridding on the silos to guide the work and had to constantly stand back to look at the silos from a distance to keep a check on how the work was progressing.

"We had about 100 people a day stopping the last three week," he said.

"The community have sort of come around, people who weren't really on board have come around and that's a good feeling in itself, just knowing that we've changed people's minds.

"We've actually got a run of water towers of similar size around regional Queensland from July to September, we're painting 10 around Emerald, Birdsville, Charleville and other places.

Goondiwindi Regional Council mayor Graeme Scheu said once funding was secured to paint the remaining four silos, it would be the largest silo mural in Australia

"It will become part of the national Silo Art Trail," he said.

Cr Scheu said he hoped that visitors wanting to check out the silo art would also factor some other attractions like the Texas Rabbit Works and Inglewood's tobacco history into their trip.

"It's all part of a tourist market that we're trying to get going," he said.

"There's an RV grounds in Yelarbon so people can stay the night.

"We've got great events like Discover Farming, Easter on the Macintyre and Gourmet in Gundy.

"This is an additional spot to stop when people come into our region.

"Tourism is never going to save the world but it's the business that's needed to put the cream on the cake for our region.

Cr Scheu said some locals had come up with the idea last year and the council stepped up to take ownership of the project.

"We had an expressions of interest process and the original artist chose not to be in the competitive process," he said.

"When people see it now, you can't say it doesn't look fantastic."

Full concept design for the Graincorp silos at Yelarbon.

Full concept design for the Graincorp silos at Yelarbon.

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