Council launches new tourism product

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Federation Council is pleased to announce the launch of its latest North of the Murray Tourism product – The Shearing of the Rams Trail.

The trail celebrates the collaboration of six local attractions and experiences the coming together of a trail that highlights Corowa’s rich cultural history and one of Australia’s most beloved artworks – Shearing the Rams.

The trail was formed based on collaboration with local tourism operators and coordinated by the Federation Council Tourism Team.

The self-guided trail starts at the Corowa Visitor Information Centre where visitors can pick up a copy of the brochure, which is also available on the tourism website.

The trail brochure will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about the special points of interest and the history behind the trail before they commence their journey.

The trail was officially launched on Monday, June 7 and was supported by tourism staff, volunteers and operators who were first to experience the many offerings of the new tourism product on a guided bus tour.

Attendees received presentations from operators who feature in the trail: Sue Davis Photography, The Corowa Federation Museum, Corowa Landcare, Andrew Whitehead Sculpture Artist, Gallery 294 and The Corowa Sale Yards.

Destinations included for visitors to explore on the trail include: Corowa Visitor Information Centre, Corowa Federation Museum, The Shearing Shed on Redlands Rd, Shearing the Ram Sculpture at Lowesdale, Corowa Saleyards and Gallery 294 Corowa.

The trail has been well received by North of the Murray visitors and operators with several positive comments and images on social media.

Federation Council Mayor, Cr Patrick Bourke commended Council’s tourism team and local operators following the launch of the trail.

“Tom Roberts’ legacy looms large North of the Murray and it is fantastic that we now have a trail dedicated to Tom’s legacy for our visitors to take a step back in time,” he said.

“Tom Roberts was drawn to Brocklesby Station, about 20 minutes North West of Corowa back in 1888. He spent time making sketches in and around the local shearing sheds. Shearing the Rams is one of the paintings that resulted from Roberts’ stay. Completed in 1890, the large canvas is his most well-known painting, and numbers amongst Australia’s most iconic artworks. We invite you to journey along ‘The Shearing of the Rams Trail’ taking you back to where it all began. The trail incorporates six local tourism experiences highlighting Corowa’s rich cultural history and one of Australia’s most beloved artworks Shearing the Rams.”

Learn more about the famous Australian oil painter Tom Roberts and the inspiration behind his legacy, North of the Murray by visiting the Corowa Visitor Information or www.northofthemurray.com.au

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