Walcha Sculpture Soundtrail launched by Barnaby Joyce

Dunghutti elders Sue and Cyril Green with local sculptor Stephen King and MP Barnaby Joyce on the Walcha Sculpture Soundtrail walk earlier today
Dunghutti elders Sue and Cyril Green with local sculptor Stephen King and MP Barnaby Joyce on the Walcha Sculpture Soundtrail walk earlier today

The Walcha Sculpture Soundtrail offers visitors the chance to experience an open-air art gallery guided by audio commentary on the installations and depicting local indigenous and farming stories.

It is one of 15 Soundtrail immersive audio experiences and joins fellow New England towns Tenterfield, Armidale and Uralla in providing this unique tourism experience.

A New England High Country SoundTrail project is also being developed with four different audio tours planned to highlight the Apsley Falls, Wollomombi Falls, WashPool National Park and BaldRock National Park.

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, joined members of Quota International of Walcha on Tuesday to officially unveil the Walcha Sculpture Soundtrail and experience the audio-visual display first hand.

"This will be a great asset for the Walcha community in the years to come, providing a modern twist on traditional storytelling," Mr Joyce said.

"I congratulate Quota members in Walcha to get this project up and running not only for the benefit of visitors and tourists to the area but local people as well."

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The Walcha Sculpture Soundtrail (which was due to be opened earlier this year but was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions) was supported with $20,000 under the Tackling Tough Times Together initiative to assist economic renewal in regional communities with an aim to increase social and educational participation.

Other projects in the New England also funded under this program include a $22,088 grant for the Barraba Public Art Silo Project, $60,000 to support the upgrade and renovation of Spring Ridge Country Club, $13,725 for Deepwater and Districts Community Radio to establish an outdoor broadcasting capability and almost $20,000 for Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory Committee (GLENRAC) to deliver drought recovery workshops in the community.

The Tackling Tough Times Together initiative which assists drought-affected regional communities, is run by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, with funding from the government and other donors.

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This story Latest Soundtrail content highlights one of our artistic Tablelands towns first appeared on The Armidale Express.