Animals on Bikes, Cumnock
Cumnock is a tranquil rural village centrally located between Orange, Dubbo, Parkes and Wellington. The project aimed to create a tourist road route between Dubbo Zoo and Molong, via Cumnock and Yeoval, taking in 120km of paddock art sculptures, called Animals on Bikes. The route is free, open year-round and designed to draw traffic off the main highway onto the secondary road connecting these rural communities.
The primary objective was to grow the economy of the region by increasing the tourist activity in the towns on the art route. The Animals on Bikes project aimed to address many of the common challenges faced by small country towns including a declining population, unemployment, struggling rural businesses and lack of tourist attractions. The RAS Foundation grant allowed local show societies, farmers and schools to create the Animals on Bikes sculptures.
The Animals on Bikes project has had an enormously positive impact on the local region. Road traffic has increased, according to RTA and Council reports, and local businesses are thriving as a greater number of tourists are visiting. The project has also resulted in renewed media interest in the region, and has engaged the local community through their involvement and participation.