An elected Liberal Nationals government will help Victoria’s High Country communities immortalise their heritage in a new High Country Hall of Fame, says Benambra MLA Bill Tilley.
Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh will announce the Liberal-Nationals’ commitment at the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria Annual Get Together at Omeo this weekend.
“Just as Banjo Patterson immortalised the region in his poem The Man from Snowy River, the High Country Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the people and industries that have shaped this unique region’s history,” Mr Walsh said.
Member for Benambra Bill Tilley will also attend the MCAV Get Together at Omeo.
Mr Tilley said the Hall of Fame would be another attraction and asset to one of Victoria’s iconic tourism regions.
“The Hall of Fame will preserve and celebrate the High Country’s heritage, including the indigenous culture, exploration, the iconic mountain cattlemen, conservation, winter sports and other aspects of high country history, industry and life,” Mr Tilley said.
“This is also a great chance for our communities to have a say in how our region is remembered and celebrated.
“Benambra has played a huge role in the high country cattlemen’s story, I’ll use this weekend to canvas opinions and it would love to see the Hall of Fame come to this part of Victoria
“The best location will be determined with the cattlemen themselves but look at the success of the Man from Snowy River Festival in Corryong, there’s 20,000 visitors a year without trying.
“The sad fact is that without this hall of fame that knowledge, history and culture could be lost forever.
“This has the potential to be an additional tourist drawcard, educational and celebrate the pioneer families that made an enormous contribution not only to the high country but our state.”
The Hall of Fame would be established in close consultation with High Country communities to determine the best location and design for the complex.
“Our plan is for a two-step process,” Mr Walsh said.
“Firstly, an expressions of interest phase where interested communities can put forward a bid; and secondly, a shortlist phase where the best three bids would receive financial assistance and help from Regional Development Victoria to prepare detailed business cases.
“If the Liberal Nationals are elected at the November State Election we will ensure the rich history of this iconic region, and the people and industries that have defined it, are preserved and celebrated.
“This will be a place our communities can be proud of and it will add to the outstanding tourism attractions that already draw more than one million people to the High Country every year.”
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