Hilltops council puts a superb idea for Boorowa silo on hold

At left the Boorowa silo and at right, a section of the newly painted Grenfell silo.
At left the Boorowa silo and at right, a section of the newly painted Grenfell silo.

A possible mural on the Boorowa silos depicting the town's connection to the Superb Parrot has been grounded, for now.

Grenfell, in the Weddin Shire, has a newly painted silo.

Hilltops council has delayed making a decision on a request to access the site for painting of the mural until it undertakes further investigations and considers the matter at one of its information meetings.

In a report presented to councillors, Hilltops council general manager Dr Edwina Marks recommended the council secure the site and explore long term options for the site.

Dr Marks also recommended the council advise the community and the Office of Environment and Heritage that council cannot allow access to the silos on safety grounds.

Discussing the matter at last month's council meeting Cr Wendy Tuckerman asked the general manager if a section of the silo could be made safe for the painting of a mural.

Dr Marks said a range of issues, not only debris inside, but tin hanging off it made it unsuitable.

"The quick answer is, I don't think the silos could be accessed at this point without further detailed investigation," Dr Marks said.

"They are unsafe because of many of the bits and pieces hanging off them, you'd need to do further investigations to see if you could quarantine part of them to get safe access."

After receiving this advice Cr Tuckerman recommended the matter be deferred for discussion at a council workshop.

She also recommended the council investigate the details of the current lease; investigate access to the site for the painting of a mural; consider where to from here regarding the asset; and request a report from GrainCorp which includes the cost of making the facility brought up to a standard for future use.

"We need all of that information to make an informed decision," Cr Tuckerman said.

Cr Tony Flannery pointed out the council now had an obligation to make the place safe, regardless of whether a mural was painted.

"Council has an obligation now to fix it," he said after safety issues were presented to council in a report.

"The only real option for this (site) is for council to sell it," he said before adding "I would think it is more than safe to put a mural up".

In a report to council Dr Marks said: "This project would likely have minimal funding for the public art work and if public accesses the site, would expose council to considerable an ongoing risk".

"The recommendation is that this project not proceed at this site and that the community group be advised.

"Council has received another request to lease the site.

"This report indicates that council would still have significant liability therefore, a lease would not be recommended," Dr Marks said.