Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke gave a stamp of approval at the launch of Australia Post’s tribute to Weethalle’s silo art mural today.

Ms Cooke said the launch of stamps commemorating silo art murals across the nation was a significant boost for rural Australia.

“It’s fantastic that people across Australia are going to see this beautiful artwork on Weethalle’s silo and be able to add it to their list of places to visit,” she said.

“People might see the stamp when they attach it to an envelope, or they may notice it when they receive a letter – this silo at Weethalle is such a striking image that it stands out, either for real as it certainly does here, or as a colourful stamp,” she added.

“The silo at Weethalle features alongside silos from Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia and they are attracting such a lot of interest – tens of thousands of people are travelling to see them and bringing tourism dollars with them, while more than a million people have seen them online.

“It’s such a wonderful initiative seeing silo owners Paul and Jenny Northey partnering with Melbourne artist Heesco Khosnaran and Bland Shire Council to make sure this beautiful part of the Cootamundra electorate looks just that little bit more beautiful thanks to this stunning mural,” she said.

The Weethalle Silo Art mural was commissioned by Bland Shire Council and was officially opened in July last year, the first silo to be painted in New South Wales.

The mural features a shearer holding a merino sheep while a farmer surveys his golden crop of ripened wheat with a combine harvester working in the background.