WEST Wimmera Shire Council is unable to provide a completion date for the newest additions to the Silo Art Trail.
It was previously announced painting of the Kaniva and Serviceton Silos would begin in March.
Business Performance and Development Manager Nola McFarlane said the artists had not been able to undertake a full program of community engagement with the community - due to the restrictions associated with the pandemic.
"The engagement that was able to occur prior to closure of gatherings were well received," she said.
"We are working through the details of completing the formal agreements, (which includes) developing designs from concept to final.
"The travel restrictions that have resulted from the current state of emergency are in place for a reason, and are taken seriously - these projects require travel and need to re-scoped to ensure public safety. This takes time to ensure robust risk assessment."
Goroke was also identified as part of the stage two plan by Wimmera Mallee Tourism for the Silo Art Trail. Together, the three proposed paintings have a budget of $301,000 through the Victorian government's Pick My Project initiative.
The Silo Art Trail started in Yarriambiack Shire in 2015 and includes enormous murals of residents on GrainCorp sites at Brim, Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Rosebery, Patchewollock, Lascelles and Nullawil.
Since then, painted silos have popped up across Australia. In 2019, Wimmera Mallee Tourism integrated the existing silos into an augmented reality program, where viewers can hold their smartphones to the silos to see informative animantions around them.
The council's chief executive David Leahy said there were some complications at the Serviceton project unrelated to the pandemic.
"Because of its proximity to the rail line there is a power cable that is a bit of problem, so thye are trying to work through those site-related issues," he said.
"Hopefully the difficulties have been worked through so we are in a situation where we can progress."
The Mail-Times has also contacted Dimboola Arts Inc for an update on its initiative funded through Pick My Project: A community arts space over the site of the former Dimboola Hotel, which was destroyed by fire in 2003.
The organisation had been staging working bees on the project prior to March 24, when it cancelled its annual general meeting until further notice over coronavirus concerns.
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