MINYIP and Brim will see new town streetscapes officially launched on Sunday after 12 months of work.
Residents and visitors will benefit from the new sculptures, toilets, rest areas, and roundabouts. There will also be an official opening for the Warracknabeal Airport.
Yarriambiack Shire community projects co-ordinator Dennis Smith said the project was the result of contributions from the municipal and state governments and community organisations.
“Minyip has sculptures in the roundabout, a redeveloped travellers’ rest, upgraded toilet facilities and there is also landscaping either side of the roundabout,” he said.
“At Brim, there is landscaping and installation of a sculpture at the Henty Highway and Swan Street intersection.
“The funding was a grant of $130,500 through the state government regional jobs fund. The shire contributed $40,000 and the Brim Active Community Group contributed $3500.”
Minyip Progress Association president Peter Bridgland said the new sculptures had received a lot of attention.
“We have had a lot of people comment on the man in the roundabout,” he said.
“They think he’s so realistic that they have just about gone up and talked to it.
“I got a phone call from our supermarket as there was a woman from Adelaide who wanted to know about the sculptures.
“They had passed through and stopped at the toilet block and they were so impressed that they stayed in the town and walked around.”
Mr Smith said he had been absolutely amazed by the number of people who had commented on the sculptures.
“I know one couple who was heading from Geelong to Mount Gambier and heard about the hand-crafted tables in the travellers’ rest,” he said.
“They decided to travel via Minyip to have a look in person. It’s 300 kilometres out of their way.”