DEWNR approves Sculptures By The Sea for Granite Island

Granite Island.
Granite Island.

Granite Island is set to be the home of art sculptures with a launch to occur on Friday, December 15, featuring the Premier Jay Weatherill and Minister for Environment Ian Hunter.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources’ (DEWNR) Chief Executive Sandy Pitcher sent a letter to the City of Victor Harbor advising DEWNR has engaged Sculpture by the Sea Inc to deliver a pilot sculpture trail project on Granite Island. 

DEWNR are the managers of Granite Island.

In May, council wrote to DEWNR encouraging them to support the delivery of an arts trail project to assist with the revitalisation of Granite Island and in August DEWNR’s Matt Johnson made a deputation at council to advise DEWNR’s intention to deliver the project.

On December 15, it will all come to fruition. Council have been advised that around 50 VIPs, including the Premier and Minister for Environment will attend the launch.

DEWNR have requested council support for the launch in the form of hospitality for important guests, as it would for other major events and civic receptions and the sharing of council infrastructure to facilitate the opening of the sculpture project.

City of Victor Harbor economic development manager Vivienne Holloway said it is recommended that such support comprise the sharing of event infrastructure and the provision of Horse Drawn Tram services for VIPs.

“Assisting DEWNR with connections with local suppliers ensures that our local businesses can gain benefit from the project and launch,” Ms Holloway said.

The pilot sculpture trail project is for three years. The project has been on council’s agenda for more than six years, but its cost has prevented any action. 

Port Elliot sculptor Will Hendriks had proposed a sculpture trail on Granite Island many years ago and had hoped to be chosen to take part in the current proposal.