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Moama Echuca Botanic Gardens look to local artist for next project

By Andrew Johnston

THE Moama Echuca Botanic Gardens will stand a little bit taller if a local group gets its latest wish.

Friends of the Moama Echuca Botanic Gardens hopes to secure a $30,000 Regional Arts Fund grant to install a 3m art installation by Moama artist Kristen Dyer.

President Tim Barden said the grant was available to employ artists in regional NSW.

“We are incredibly lucky with Kristen that we have a local artist who was able to provide us with a fantastic plan for some art we could use as part of the gardens,” he said.

“We've applied for the grant to hopefully get this beautiful piece built. We've been liaising pretty heavily with South West Arts group who administer the funding, and they have been incredibly helpful.

“We've also had support from Murray River Council, which means a great deal to us.”

Mr Barden said it was an opportunity to continue to grow the recreation reserve into the crown jewel of Moama.

“It's such a beautiful area,” he said.

“With the school, the multiple sporting areas, the playgrounds, the recent off-leash area and the botanic gardens, the whole precinct has grown to be something that can be enjoyed by our entire community.

“There are still works ongoing, it will only continue to grow, and we hope to add some local art to continue to celebrate our community.”

With the construction of the new Echuca-Moama Bridge Project, and the associated Moama Bridge Arts and Meninya St project, Mr Barden said there was a fantastic opportunity to connect the entire town through art.

“We are hoping as part of Murray River Council's Moama master plan, we are hoping for there to be a link in our art,” he said.

“We'd like to start here in the gardens, move down towards the entrance and over time move down towards where the bridge is being built.”

Mr Barden said the funding would be a big deal for the gardens.

“It can be really instrumental in building the esteem for the gardens, and it also provides a great opportunity for the artists involved,” he said.

“Art has been heavily impacted by COVID-19, and through this there is an opportunity to not only add some magnificent art to the area, but to also help in that recovery.”