News

Star attraction

By Benalla Ensign

The Goorambat silos continue to be a massive draw for the ‘‘small town with the big art’’ and it recently hosted the Australian Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society.

Anyone who has driven through Goorambat recently will have noted the amount of cars and caravans stopped by the Railway Hotel taking in the silos, which received a new mural as part of this year’s Wall to Wall Festival.

On Saturday, May 11, the Australian Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society brought a large number of historic vehicles through town.

More than 100 visitors enjoyed some country hospitality, for which Goorambat is quickly becoming famous, including pulled pork and beef rolls, a barbecue, and some homemade slices and scones.

The Mechanics Institute Hall was opened for the day, with the sale of silo art calendars and Goorambat stubby holders meaning the community now needs to restock.

Society president Rossco Talbot told the Goorambat and District Community Group it had members from all over Australia.

‘‘Today we have brought members from Melbourne, Echuca and Wagga to name a few,’’ Mr Talbot said.

‘‘The ATHS Australia Chapter was formed to bring together the overseas and Australian members for the exchange of information regarding the restoration of trucks and the history of the trucking industry in Australia.

‘‘From Goorambat we are due to continue up the silo art trail.’’

Members enjoyed a stop at Devenish and St James before holding a meeting at Burke’s Pub in Yarrawonga where they were staying overnight.

The Goorambat and District Community Group is now preparing for the official opening of its new silo art, painted, once again, by renowned street-artist DVate.

The grand opening will be held at Goorambat on Sunday, June 2, from 11am, with lunch available after the event.