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Award winning silo art draws record tourist numbers

10 April 2019

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Since its unveiling, Tumby Bay’s silo art mural in South Australia (SA) has become a major attraction for the country town, and was recently announced as a winner of the People’s Choice Award in the 2018 Brand SA Regional Showcase.

The mural, organised by the Tumby Bay Progress Association (TBPA) with Viterra, was painted in just under a month by highly-regarded Argentinian artist, Martin Ron.

As one of 30 finalists, the award provides an opportunity to celebrate and promote the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations that have made significant contributions to regional SA.

TBPA Treasurer, Stephen Hibbit said the silo artwork and award win would not have been possible without the support of the community.

“We’re thrilled the silos have been recognised across SA,” Stephan said.

“It is exciting to be recognised as one of the award winners, especially after seeing what some of the great businesses from around our state are doing.”

The award was a positive ending to an already successful year for the TBPA.

Tumby Bay grower and project lead of the silo art mural project, Dion LeBrun, said the benefits to the town have been enormous.

“The growth we have seen is bigger than we ever thought,” Dion said.

“Businesses are saying they have never seen so much tourism and are reporting record turnovers which was the TBPA’s intention when starting the Colour Tumby project.

“Hopefully the award further encourages visitors to come and stay.

“A credit to Viterra for bringing silo art projects to fruition.”