By Peter Farago
I drive past this image of iconic movie star Sophia Loren at 275 Hyde Street Yarraville several times a day and it always lifts my spirits. Its more than a photo in a highly visible position, it’s a landmark likely to be admired by thousands of people who drive, cycle or walk along Hyde Street.
The image is fading fast and the present tenant wants to remove it, while I was not able to find information about the owners of the building, identified on the title as Danevski Investments Pty Ltd. Maybe the image could be recreated in a more durable form centrally in Yarraville, because it depicts a film actor of note, perhaps near the Sun Theatre or the pop-up park would be appropriate. If such a project were to eventuate, I would be willing to put some money toward it.
I am hoping Council will look at doing something to help – I think the billboard is worthy of the attention and action of Council to preserve it. It would be pity if it were to disappear.
If you agree, please phone or email your Yarraville Ward councillors Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke, Cr Simon Crawford or Cr Jorge Jorquera.