Art installation work begins

By David Rak

A much-needed makeover for Seymour's dreary railway underpass has begun.

Spearheaded by The Seymour We Want and volunteers James Hall and Bruce Johnstone, the project will transform the existing concrete underpass into a street art installation.

With a budget of $152,840 thanks to Victorian Government funding, James and Bruce waded through a sea of red tape to get approval for a design reflective of Seymour.

“We we’re frustrated with the state of it. It’s one of the busiest places in Seymour, so it should be a point of pride, not an eyesore,” James said.

“It took a lot of effort to get approval from the multitude of stakeholders, but we got there and it’s exciting to see painting get underway.

“We hope it will be something people will stop to have a coffee and check out.”

The design will pay tribute to Seymour's rich rail history and incorporate native animals to reflect the town's strong connection to the Goulburn River.

“If a few dedicated volunteers can get this done, imagine what else our community can achieve,” Bruce said.

“Let’s ask for better and do better. We can’t always rely on council to get things done and this is an example of what happens when our town takes initiative.

“There’s plenty more to be done around Seymour and we hope this project inspires people to take action on other community projects.”

The project is expected to be finished by September 26 (weather permitting) and a grand opening is planned for October 19 to coincide with Tastes of the Goulburn.