HIT hard by the COVID pandemic, the arts industry is slowly getting back on its feet.

Local artists have received a boost with South Gippsland Shire Council’s Community Support Package bringing to life an art trail featuring six installations with a farming focus.

Chair administrator Julie Eisenbise spoke of the importance of the sector while launching the Great Southern Bale Trail at the site of one of the installations on Wednesday.

All the artworks are located on South Gippsland farms and visible from the roadside. Some of the installations have been created by the farmers themselves, while others have been created by local artists on the farm properties.

The various works are made from hay bales, old farm machinery, fencing or sheds and are based around the theme of seasonal cycles.

The installations will be visible from South Gippsland roadsides until June 30. There is no cost to view the works. More information about the artists, the farmers and where to view the installations, including advice on safe access, is available at southgippsland.vic.gov.au/GSBT.

The Great Southern Bale Trail is being delivered as part of South Gippsland Shire Council’s $2m COVID-19 Community Support Package.