Created in consultation with the Snowy Valleys Council, a Local Community Advisory Group, members of the wider Snowy Valleys community and Destination Riverina Murray, the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail will stretch 100km across seven sites and is funded by the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.
The aim is to create a sculpture collection of which the people of the Snowy Valleys can be proud and one that will encourage more tourists to visit the region and for them to stay longer. Cultural tourists are recognised for spending considerably more per day than other tourists.
The Sculpture Trail will be opened on Thursday 5 May at Courabyra Wines by NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres with everyone welcome, and Community Celebration Days in Adelong, Batlow and Tumbarumba on 7 May and Tooma on 8 May.
A timetable of events is now available for the community celebrations – starting with a tour of the sculptures along Adelong Creek – guided by David Handley and featuring the Riverina Light Horse Troop – at 9.15 am on Saturday 7 May.
Each of the towns of Adelong, Batlow and Tumbaruma will play host to local activities, plus artists will be on hand to conduct Free Family Sculpture Making Workshops – available for everyone from 5 and up. Tours of the sculptures will also be available – suitable for all ages.
There is even a hop on, hop off bus between the towns on Saturday.
On Sunday 8 May, the celebrations move to Tooma, with a free family BBQ from midday.
Again, family sculpture making workshops are on offer, with the artists who created the two southern-most sculptures in the trail on hand to discuss their works.
Details and to book a free place on the bus, a free tour or a free family sculpture making workshop:
Image: Keld Moseholm (Denmark), ‘Together We Are Strong’, Snowy Valley Sculpture Trail. Photo John Riddell.