Cowell silo art project to host second fun run

ACTIVE: Sadie Stening, Charlotte James, Lewis Stening and Seth James are ready to participate in the second fun run.

ACTIVE: Sadie Stening, Charlotte James, Lewis Stening and Seth James are ready to participate in the second fun run.

The Cowell community will be holding a second fun run/ride from Middle Camp to Cowell, following a successful previous event to raise funds for the silo art project.

The run will take place on Sunday, April 14 at 9.30am, with registrations available an hour beforehand.

Funds raised from the first fun run and donations from various groups including the Cowell Community Op Shop and the Meridian wind farm now total $7000, with a further $13,000 required to see the project go ahead.

Franklin Harbour District Council tourism officer Stacey Franklin said the decision to host a second fun run event came after feedback from community members wishing to participate again.

"It was very successful, we had a lot of interest," she said.

Ms Franklin said the Community Development Group was hoping holding the event close to the beginning of football and netball season would see local sporting teams get involved.

The run will also coincide with the two-day Growing Together event hosted in Cowell by Mentally Fit EP.

The course will finish at the Cowell Sporting Complex where a variety of family-focused entertainment will be underway.

Ms Franklin said a lot of families would be participating and will enjoy what they find at the finish line.

"It's good that we can tap into that event as well," she said.

The Community Development Group has also applied for a grant through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal which could see the project fully funded should they be successful.

The result of the application will be announced in May.

Ms Franklin said the group would continue to fundraise for the project if the grant is successful to fund a visitor area for when the project is complete.

The silo art would be created by Byron Bay artist Austin Moncrieff, who will be conducting community consultation following funding of the project before finalising a concept for the artwork.