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Published Wednesday 10 November 2021
Tags:General, Business, Media Release, Tourism

Have your say on The Great ARTdoors project

Community input on a $1.2 million outdoor art project along the Great Victorian Rail Trail is now open with a range of ways for people to get involved.

The Great ARTdoors project will see impactful art installations located at various locations along the rail trail between Tallarook and Mansfield.

Mansfield, Mitchell and Murrindindi Shire Councils are holding pop-up events and online sessions for people to find out more and share their ideas about the sort of art they would like to see, and where along the rail trail they would like to see it. Feedback can also be provided through an interactive online map and survey.

Community members with a keen interest in art, tourism and the rail trail are also encouraged to nominate to join a community reference group, which will help select the art and locations.

The rail trail is a stand-out tourism asset for the north-central region, with record visitor numbers last year, despite the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns.

It is hoped the project will attract more visitors to the rail trail and surrounding areas, support the COVID-19 recovery of communities along the trail and build the reputation of the trail as a premium tourist attraction and recreational space.

Local pop-ups

  • 8.30am to 12pm, Sunday 7 November at Tallarook Farmers' Market
  • 10am to 1pm, Friday 12 November at Station Street, Seymour
  • 10.30am to 2.30pm, Saturday 4 December at Trawool Estate on the Rail Trail

Online information sessions

  • 10am, Tuesday 23 November
  • 6.30pm, Thursday 2 December

Find out more about the project, planned activities and how to get involved on Murrindindi Shire Council's engagement platform, The Loop.

Community feedback is open until 12 December 2021.

The Great Victorian Rail Trail Art Installation and Signage Project is funded by the Victorian Government through the Regional Tourism Investment Fund Stimulus Round, as part of the COVID-19 tourism stimulus package through Regional Development Victoria.

The project is being developed as a partnership between Mansfield, Mitchell and Murrindindi Shire Councils.

Comments from Mayor, Cr Rhonda Sanderson

The Great Victorian Rail Trail is a fantastic attraction for visitors to Mitchell Shire and the region.

This project is an exciting opportunity to raise the profile of the trail and support the economic recovery of our businesses and adjoining towns which have been deeply impacted by COVID lockdowns.

I encourage the Mitchell community to get involved and have their say on what they would like to see along the trail.

Quotes from Mansfield Shire Mayor

Council is committed to creating opportunities for health and wellbeing while enhancing the social and economic value of tourism. This project does both of these things.

The Great Victorian Rail Trail is a fantastic way for our community and visitors to experience our magnificent scenery.

Art installations will create interest and engage users, making the Rail Trail an even more remarkable attraction.

We look forward to hearing community ideas for the types of art installations that would best fit the character of our Shire.

Mansfield Shire Mayor Councillor Mark Holcombe

Quotes from Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor

As we start welcoming visitors back to our region and look for innovative ways to support economic recovery, I am really excited to see this project underway.

I encourage our communities to get involved by coming along to one of the pop-up events, attending an online session, completing the online survey or placing a pin on the interactive map.

Your ideas and input will be crucial in helping us to determine the artistic direction and art locations.

Murrindindi Shire Mayor Councillor Sandice McAulay

This page was last updated on 10 November 2021.