Museum eyeing silo

October 04, 2017

John Forbes (centre) with former fitzroy footballer Bryan Clements with wife Marcia Penrose.

THE Rochester Sports Museum could soon be in a silo.

Plans are in place for the John Forbes sporting memoriabilia collection to be spread across three floors inside the unused Graincorp silos at the back of Moore St.

A third of the collection is currently on show at the pop-up shop next to Kits Kafe.

Committee for Rochester Sports Museum secretary Bob Knight said the main aim is to drive business to the town.

‘‘We want people to stop and see the collection and then spend some money at the IGA and the shops and cafes while they are here,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to stop all this traffic just driving straight through our town.’’

The grand plans are to make some modifications to the silo to include a large window, three floors to house the collection and an elevator.

‘‘There are permits being processed and a few things that have to happen before we move in but that is the main goal,’’ Bob said.

‘‘There is also an oppotunity to use the land next to the silos for parking, which would be great to get more visitors to town.’’

Although there hasn’t been a lot of people through the pop-up shop since opening on September 23, Bob said it is all about the word out.

‘‘It is about letting people know what we have and what is to come,’’ he said.

‘‘We have a lot of great things including a lot of local memoriabilia from Rochy footy club and from Sharelle McMahon.’’

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