Thevenard silo project gets green light

LIGHT: The Port Lincoln silos lit up at night. The Thevenard silos will soon be lit in a similar fashion after funding was secured to get the project approved. Picture: Dikea Karagiannis
LIGHT: The Port Lincoln silos lit up at night. The Thevenard silos will soon be lit in a similar fashion after funding was secured to get the project approved. Picture: Dikea Karagiannis

The Thevenard silos will soon be drenched in colour after funding was secured to proceed with the Thevenard Ratepayers and Residents Group's proposal to create a light display.

The group proposed to install 14 LED lights, with 11 lights on the north-facing silos and three on the east end of block four, giving maximum viewing appeal across the bay from Ceduna, while being highly visible to travellers approaching Ceduna from both the east and west.

They approached the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel board and Ceduna District Council about contributing to the project, with the hotel agreeing to fund $10,000 plus the installation cost, and the council adding $5000.

Viterra has also supported the initiative and will pay for ongoing power costs.

Hotel chairperson Craig Irvine said the silos would be lit up in the same manner as the Port Lincoln silos.

"It's a good thing for the community, it's good for locals and adds another tourist attraction," he said.

"We'll have our usual colour on display, but the colour can be changed for special days like going pink for breast cancer awareness.

"I'd like to thank Viterra for allowing us to undertake the project, and with all the different bodies on board it has been a real joint effort across the community."

Mr Irvine said having a light show similar to the Illuminart 'Travelling Light' show which adorned the silos earlier this year was too expensive at this stage, but something that could be investigated in the future.

Thevenard Ratepayers and Residents Group secretary Chris Gascoyne said they were pleased to see their applications for funding had been successful.

She said having a form of artwork decorate the silos had been mentioned at group meetings and would be a positive for the district.

"It's great to see, as people had been talking about it for such a long time," she said.

"It has been mentioned at our meetings as perhaps a silo painting, and was going to be a fundraising project, then the hotel got involved through Craig.

"It has been a great community effort and it's exciting to see that something is happening."

Mr Irvine said the lights had been ordered and the goal was to have them installed and working by Christmas or early in 2020.