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During the community engagement period between 8 November and 12 December we sought input from community and stakeholders on:

  • Preferred locations for art installations
  • The artistic direction of the project
  • Whether they would like to be part of the project’s Community Reference Group

We are currently reviewing the information and feedback received and will provide an update on the project in early 2022.

In February 2022, we will open up the expressions of interest process and invite artists to tender. Successful artists will be appointed in July 2022, with the installations to be created and installed by April 2023.



Overview

The Great Victorian Rail Trail (GVRT) is a 134km multi-use trail that can be experienced on foot, bike or horse. The trail follows the old railway line from Tallarook to Mansfield with a spur line to Alexandra, crossing the three municipalities of Mitchell, Murrindindi and Mansfield. This easily accessible, varied and unique trail offers close proximity to the regions natural attractions including beautiful rivers, majestic valleys, lakes and mountains.

The Victorian Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund awarded $1.2 million to Mitchell, Murrindindi and Mansfield Shire Councils for the GVRT Art Installation Project. The project will improve the GVRT experience by creating innovative and impactful art installations along the trail. The project aims to increase the number of people who use the trail and attract new visitor markets to the trail and surrounding towns.

The art installations provide a fantastic opportunity for the GVRT to become a premium tourism attraction and recreational space for the region, creating both economic and social benefit for our communities.

We are keen to seek input from our communities and visitors to the region to help inform the direction of project, including input on:

  • What influences, ideas and concepts you would like to see the art installations represent.
  • Where would you like to see art installations placed along the trail to encourage greater usage.

In addition, we are keen to hear from community members who are interested in being part of a Community Reference Group to support the artist expression of interest process.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Great Victorian Rail Trail is a 134km multi-use trail that can be experienced on foot, bike or horse. The trail follows the old railway line from Tallarook to Mansfield with a spur line to Alexandra, crossing the three municipalities of Mitchell, Murrindindi and Mansfield. This easily accessible, varied and unique trail offers close proximity to the regions natural attractions including, beautiful rivers, majestic valleys, lakes and mountains. You can find out more about the GVRT at www.greatvictorianrailtrail.com.au

GVRT stands for the Great Victorian Rail Trail.

Mitchell, Murrindindi and Mansfield Shire Councils have received funding from the Victorian Government to deliver the Great Victorian Rail Trail Art Installations and Signage Project. This project aims to improve the rail trail experience by implementing innovative and impactful art installations along the trail to attract visitors to the trail and surrounding towns within the region.  

The project is looking to enhance the current GVRT experience for community and visitors alike. By installing impactful art installations at different points along the trail, the project aims to increase visitation, resulting in economic benefit for the region.

The Victorian Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund has awarded $1.2 million dollars to Mitchell, Murrindindi and Mansfield Shire Councils, for the completion of the Great Victorian Rail Trail Art Installations and Signage Project.

There are a number of ways you can get involved during this community engagement period of the project. We are wanting to hear from our communities about your interest in the project, including your preferred artistic direction and art locations along the trail. You can fill in a survey or leave a pin on the interactive map. Share with us your thoughts and 'join the conversation' by attending one of our pop-up kiosks or online events.

The project commenced in June 2021 and will be completed in April 2023.

Artists will be chosen through an Expression of Interest process. This process will invite qualified artists to demonstrate their availability, capacity and interest in undertaking the work outlined in the artist brief. A selection panel will shortlist suitable artists who will then provide a concept proposal. The selection panel will then review the concept proposals and appoint preferred artists.

If you are interested in submitting a tender to be one of the commissioned artists for this project, please register your details on the engagement portal. Once you have registered you will be notified when the Expression of Interest process for the tender opens.

If you don’t wish to submit a tender for the project, but would still like to still be involved, you can submit your interest to be a part of the Community Reference Group.

The number of art installations will be informed by the project budget, community engagement period and the number of suitable sites identified as the project progresses. The partnering Councils hope to install a minimum for six art works across the length of the GVRT.

As part of the current community engagement period, Council’s are calling for community members to submit an Expression of Interest for the CRG. The CRG will be to provide reference and representation of the community during the development of the project, particularly during the artist Expression of Interest phase.

Community members of the three local government areas are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest to be part of the CRG via the engagement portal. This Expression of Interest will include personal details and two qualitative open response questions with responses limited to 500 words. A selection criteria and panel process will be used to ensure an equitable cross section of community members with different backgrounds and skills will be achieved.

The feedback and information gathered through the Art Installations Project will influence the development of art installations along the Great Victorian Rail Trail. It is an invitation for all neighbourhood stakeholders - residents, business owners, workers, visitors, community groups, service providers and Council staff - to learn about the trail and how art can have a positive influence on community

If you have a question that is not listed in the FAQs or you would like to chat about the project in more detail, please get in touch with your relevant Council. Contact details are provided below.

Mitchell Shire Council
James Bone - Economic Development Project Engagement Officer
James.Bone@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au
(03) 5734 6422

Murrindindi Shire Council
Matt Thomas - Manager Tourism and Events
(03) 5772 0333
mthomas@murrindindi.vic.gov.au

Mansfield Shire Council
Saskia Van Bever - Senior Coordinator Community and Economic Development
(03) 5775 8534
saskia.vanbever@mansfield.vic.gov.au


Once the community consultation period closes on 12 December 2021, your input and ideas will be used to help us determine the art locations and artistic direction for the project.

We will come back to the community early next year to provide an update on the shortlisted art installation locations and proposed artistic direction.

In February 2022, we will open up the expressions of interest process and invite artists to tender. Successful artists will be appointed in July 2022, with the installations to be created and installed by April 2023.

How to get involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved in the project:

  • Pin your preferred art installations on the Art Location Feedback Map
  • Provide input on the artistic direction of the project via the Art Direction Survey
  • Register your interest to be part of Community Reference Group
  • Attend one of our pop up kiosk , or online events.
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