“UTES ON THE MOVE”
Utes in the Paddock is relocating to Condobolin in the near future
Lachlan Shire Council is pleased to announce that the popular tourist attraction “Utes in the Paddock,” is being relocated from Ootha to Condobolin in the near future. The relocation process in currently in the planning stage and an announcement will be made when the relocation from Ootha to Condobolin is expected to begin.
Council has purchased a 25 acre block on the The Gipps Way which will be the new paddock for the outdoor gallery and Council is confident that visitation to Condobolin will increase as a direct result of the Utes being relocated.
Utes in the Paddock was a concept brought to fruition by Jana and Graham Pickles of Burrawang West Station which has significantly increased visitation to the Central West region over the last eight years. Lachlan Shire Council is honoured to be entrusted as caretaker of the gallery and has committed to dedicate time, energy and marketing resources to further develop and promote the outdoor gallery into the future.
It has been eight years since the first Ute began the outdoor gallery near Ootha and four years since the last of 20 “Ute works” was installed and still today, Utes in the Paddock attracts thousands of visitors to view the collection for the first time or to revisit this unique Australian bush attraction.
Lachlan Shire Council Mayor John Medcalf is pleased the gallery is being relocated as the attraction will significantly contribute to the growth and resilience of the local economy and Councillor Medcalf is confident the town of Condobolin will be overjoyed to welcome the gallery into the town.
“The town’s businesses, residents and local farmers, donated several of the utes for canvasses used for the gallery and have always been supportive of this unique attraction at Ootha,” said Councillor Medcalf.
“It will be fantastic to feature the gallery in Condobolin as an ultimate bush experience on offer in the Heart of NSW and Council has dedicated resources to ensure the successful relocation and promotion of the attraction,” said Councillor Medcalf.
“Signage, promotional flyers, website development and the development of collectible Utes in the Paddock merchandise being among the top priorities along with a program to repair and revitalise any of the “uteworks” which have significantly deteriorated over the last 8 years,” said Councillor Medcalf.
“Council would like to thank each of the artists for supporting the relocation of the Utes to Condobolin and Council looks forward to working with all artists to ensure they are widely recognised as one of the talented and creative “Ute Artists”,” said Councillor Medcalf.
“Council would also like to acknowledge the hard work, time and dedication that Jana and Graham Pickles have contributed to the Utes in the Paddock attraction and to tourism development in the Central West region as a whole,” said Councillor Medcalf.
“Utes in the Paddock is considered as one of the top ten experiences in our region and Council is dedicated to ensuring that the reputation of Utes in the Paddock is further developed for generations of local, national and international visitors to enjoy,” said Councillor Medcalf.
For more information please contact Lachlan Shire Council on 6895 1900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org