11
July
2018
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07:36
Australia/Melbourne

Building a better Bonegilla Experience

Wodonga's national heritage listed site Bonegilla Migrant Experience will be upgraded to improve the experience for visitors.

The cultural tourism attraction, located at the former Bonegilla Army Camp and home to the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, will be enhanced after $534,177 funding from the federal government's Building Better Regions Fund and $100,000 from VicRoads.

Wodonga Council will provide $434,177 in funding for the project.

The funding will go towards the refurbishment works as well as outdoor infrastructure enhancements, interpretive and wayfinding signage and connections to prominent regional rail trails.

Bonegilla Migrant Experience team leader Bernadette Zanet said it is anticipated the project will increase tourism visitation and strengthen Wodonga's reputation as a prominent, well-established regional city with many attractions and experiences to offer visitors and residents.

"It's exciting to receive the support from the federal government and VicRoads," Ms Zanet said.

"This project will boost tourism and continue to raise the profile of this national heritage listed site."

The funding will contribute to:

  • Creation of a 1600m safe cycle and walking track including fencing, landscaping, footpaths and pedestrian crossing to connect the High Country Rail Trail to BME
  • Enhancements to four historic buildings (buildings E93, E85, E87 and E86) to allow for topical displays and new exhibitions to increase tourism visitation
  • Enhancement of the former chapel (building E91) to create a space for ceremonies and small events
  • Installation of a 2m x 535m concrete open space (pathway) linking Kookaburra Point (Hume Weir) and BME
  • Installation of four 26m x 7.5m interpretive steel frame elements to indicate where previous huts were located
  • Installation of a new picnic area including disabled access picnic table and chairs
  • Enhancement of the historic beer garden in the Hume Club building
  • Installation of a seating area behind the welcome centre
  • Rehabilitation and landscaping of the former Stillman Rd entry to the Bonegilla Migrant Experience
  • Installation of interpretive signage at Bonegilla railway siding

 

Summary

Wodonga's national heritage listed site Bonegilla Migrant Experience will be upgraded to improve the experience for visitors.