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Benalla resident thinks outside the box

A Benalla resident is encouraging the community to decorate their letterboxes as part of a 'letterbox tour'.

TONI BRIENT May 9, 2014 3:17am

Mail-mad: Jane Metcalfe is urging Benalla residents to dress up their letterboxes for a new community project.

Part community art project and part town scavenger hunt, Jane Metcalfe’s idea for a ‘letterbox tour’ will certainly turn heads — and not just the postie’s.

The Benalla resident is urging people to decorate their letterboxes and have their address marked on a map to be distributed to interested letterbox enthusiasts.

Ms Metcalfe said she heard of a town in Tasmania introducing the tour, and was inspired to introduce it here by a growing number of crafty letterboxes in Benalla.

‘‘I know of one with flowers all over it, another one that’s a cow, and there’s a witch out near the tip,’’ she said.

‘‘We could do same thing as they’ve done in Shepp where they hunt the cow, and that’s been so popular.

‘‘If you have lots of really interesting letterboxes, people could walk or do a driving ‘hunt’.’’

Ms Metcalfe said she was thinking of introducing a fun quiz for people to complete during the tour.

‘‘On the sheet, it might say, ‘What colour were the flowers?’ or ‘Can you name the pig?’,’’ she said.

But the fun wouldn’t stop there.

Ms Metcalfe is hoping businesses would get involved and hide a small ‘letterbox’ in their shop windows for a real-life version of the children’s book Where’s Wally?.

‘‘If they put them in their windows, it could even attract people to look at the business,’’ she said.

Ms Metcalfe encouraged people to think outside the regular letterbox with their designs.

Her own letterbox is a man holding a pot plant, constructed from a gas bottle, saucepan lid and pipes.

She suggested they search ‘quirky letterboxes’ on the internet for ideas.

‘‘There’s some fabulous ideas out there,’’ she said.

‘‘There’s one I’ve seen that was a little house.

‘‘It had people inside and a farmer outside — the detail put into it was amazing.

‘‘I found another one that was a big shoe like the old woman who lived in a shoe.’’To get involved with the project, phone Ms Metcalfe on 0419927096.

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