Plans to revitalise Tarrington's old water tower

15 August 2018

The Tarrington Progress Association is partnering with Wannon Water in the hope of securing funding for an exciting project that aims to revitalise the old concrete water tower in the centre of town.

The initiative, known as the Tower of Tarrington, has been short-listed in the State Government’s Pick My Project funding program. This is a Victorian-first community grants initiative, with $30 million available to fund local projects that will make communities a better place.

People who live within a 50-kilometre radius of Tarrington are being encouraged to vote for the Tower of Tarrington as one of their three favourite projects.

Estimated to cost about $80,000, the project aims to create a safe community hub to celebrate the town’s German cultural heritage, encourage social connectivity, and increase liveability and resilience in a small, but vibrant rural community.

The plan is to make use of the decommissioned water tower, revitalising the plain concrete structure using a three-dimensional public artwork/sculpture as a focal point.

A new community garden and play area will be established on land at the base, providing a site for people of all ages and all abilities to gather, relax and interact. The space will also feature interpretative signage detailing the district’s proud heritage.

Progress association president Colin Huf said, if funded, the project would involve input from local residents and groups in a number of stages.

“We hope to officially launch the project as part of the 2018 Tarrington Laternenfest,” Mr Huf said.

“The first stage would involve the appointment of an artist/sculptor and a landscaper to work with the community and determine the preferred designs in a series of workshops. The artwork would then be commissioned and installed, followed by the garden, playground and heritage signs.”

Wannon Water’s decision to be a project partner reflects its strategic direction of going “beyond water for strong communities.”

Branch manager communication and engagement Garrath Darkin said Wannon Water was proud to be working with one of the smaller towns in its region on a collaborative project.

“We’re keen to harness Tarrington’s enthusiasm for community events and activities,” Mr Darkin said. “It’s also a perfect opportunity to landscape and improve a structure that is surplus to our needs.”

Voting is open until 5pm, Monday 17 September 2018. Further information is available at pickmyproject.vic.gov.au