Bower transforms Neerim South, The Gazette

Nestled amongst the Bower roadside sculpture to Neerim South, Arts Minister Heidi Victoria, who officially opened the "Bower" on Saturday, with Neerim District Progress Association president Neville Cousins.

Nestled amongst the Bower roadside sculpture to Neerim South, Arts Minister Heidi Victoria, who officially opened the "Bower" on Saturday, with Neerim District Progress Association president Neville Cousins.

The Neerim South bower project has transformed a whole community through the power of art, according to Arts Minister Heidi Victoria.

Officially opening the Bower, a new public art gateway to the town, Ms Victoria described the roadside sculpture as "extraordinary."

"Art has the power to inspire communities and transform lives.  And that, in essence, is what we are celebrating today," she said.

Ms Victoria said the whole town got behind this great project and in doing so, came together to transform a place, a space and a community through the power of art.

The Neerim Bower is part of the state government's "Small Towns Transformation" initiative, which provided $350,000 to the Neerim District Progress Association for the Neerim Bower project.

The striking new entrance to the town was officially opened on Sunday as part of the Neerim Bower arts festival.  The funding was used to create the roadside sculpture, as well as a series of arts-inspired events, culminating in the weekend's arts festival.

Ms Victoria said the funds enabled creative projects to connect communities of less than 1500 people.

The Bower is the centrepiece of a suite of activities, art works and events inspired by its creation.

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