Expressions of Interest now open to help shape the future of the iconic Murray to Mountains Rail Trail.
The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail Enhancements Project will see the introduction of a series of world-class public art installations, experiences and infrastructure improvements designed to increase visitation by offering one of a kind, “must-see” moments that are engaging, shareable and repeatable.
Through a curatorial lens, the Trail will be transformed into a seamless journey that celebrates local stories and provides meaningful creative opportunities for Victorian artists and First Nations peoples to share their work on a world stage.
This exciting project is being delivered as part of a significant upgrade to the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail and we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land the trail sits upon. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and recognise their ongoing spiritual connection to this country.
Residents of Alpine Shire, Indigo Shire and the Rural City of Wangaratta are invited to submit their interest to attend a half-day Cultural Symposium in Beechworth where they can contribute stories, thoughts and impressions of the region that may be incorporated into artistic installations along the Trail. This opportunity is not limited to artists and creatives, all locals are encouraged to apply to share their unique perspectives.
There will be multiple paid creative opportunities suitable for Victorian artists and teams with a strong connection to the area who specialise in sculpture, visual arts and related disciplines.
Artists may then have the opportunity to respond to creative briefs aligned with their practice that will be issued from early 2024 with works installed throughout the year.
Absolutely. Anyone who lives within or has a close connection to Alpine Shire, Indigo Shire or the Rural City of Wangaratta may respond to the expression of interest. We want to hear from local business owners, residents and anyone with a story to tell.
All submissions must be made through the expression of interest online platform in fairness to other artists. If necessary, we will contact you directly to gather more information or detail regarding your work.
The High Country aspires to offer the best rail trail network in the Southern Hemisphere. The Murray to Mountains Enhancements project was developed to assist the High Country in realising this vision.
Developed in 2016, the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail Enhancements Project, which includes the development and installation of public art, landscaping, improved amenity options and new commercial opportunities along the trail, looks to effectively establish the region’s rail trail network as an authentic, iconic tourism product, central to delivering strong outcomes for the local visitor economy.
The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail has been prioritised for these installations because it is the most established trail with the highest market awareness levels. It has a strong point of difference as it travels through many towns and villages and enjoys the amenity of cafes, accommodations, parks and facilities en route.
The project aims to:
Tourism North East (TNE) is the Regional Tourism Board for Victoria’s High Country, which encompasses the Shires of Alpine, Murrindindi, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta, and the three major alpine resorts of Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Mt Hotham.
Tourism North East is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that represents a partnership between Local Government, the Victorian Alpine Resorts, Visit Victoria and industry and is charged with developing the strategic tourism direction for the High Country, uniting its diverse stakeholder base in a common development path to optimise visitor economy outcomes.
This work includes delivering a broad range of strategic supply and demand tourism initiatives, including regional marketing, product development, strategic planning, industry development, investment prioritisation, research and advocacy.
These efforts focus on the High Country’s five recognised product strengths in cycle, snow, nature-based tourism, food/drinks and arts/cultural heritage.
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