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Written by STEVEN BURKE. – Source: Wangaratta Chronicle

PLANS are under way to re-visit the idea of building a Ned Kelly interpretive centre in Glenrowan.

The Rural City of Wangaratta has set aside $20,000 in this year’s draft budget for a re-scoping of the concept, which has failed to get off the ground in recent years.

But the timing could be right to re-visit the idea, according to council’s economic development and tourism portfolio holder, Councillor Lisa McInerney.

It is the same idea (as in the past), but we are trying to find a different way to go about it,” she said.

With the creation of the Winton Wetlands and Warby National Park, there may be some possibilities in the future to involve a few different stakeholders.

But it won’t be the tens of millions of dollars idea it was in the past.

Cr McInerney said Tourism Victoria had thrown its support behind the idea.

It has been mentioned in the Tourism Victoria strategic plan as something they see as a priority for the region,” she said.

In terms of what the centre would actually do, Cr McInerney said that would depend on the outcome of the scoping study.

It may look at the history of Ned Kelly, as well as the history of the region, and also have an educational facility,” she said.

But that’s what the study is for.

Greg’s Comment:

In the 10 years I have lived in the district, I have seen project after project being funded by the Rural City of Wangaratta to capitalise on the Ned Kelly heritage of Glenrowan and I reckon it has all been wasted.  It must amount to more than $1,000,000 and what have we got for it.

Tourist buses stop there for a meal/toilet break.  I am not aware of specialist “Ned Kelly” tours that make Glenrowan their destination.

If it wasn’t for the giant fibreglass statue of Ned Kelly – not funded by council – tourists could drive throught the township and not notice anything different to hundreds of similar freeway by-passed towns accross Auacross.


Written by Greg Naylor

20 June 2009 at 12:54 pm

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  1. Glenrowan’s only claim to Ned Kelly is that’s where he was captured. Unfortunately for them none of the original buildings or landmarks still exist so I guess they have to create something artificial if they want to cash in on it. So that probably suggests maybe the council should just build a bigger and better ‘big Ned Kelly’ statue, stick a souveneir shop and cafe at the bottom and be done with it.

    It’s not like Beechworth, which is where Kelly was held for 2 years and where he was initially tried. Those buildings still exist, yet even over there they can’t get their act together and open that magnificent gaol up for public viewings.

    It gets back to the attitude of the community and my guess is the majority of Glenrowan residents are (stupidly) not interested in tourism & developments. That’s certainly the case in both Beechworth & Bright too.

    Ray Dixon

    20 June 2009 at 10:46 pm

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