A promise to establish a High Country Hall of Fame is important to preserve regional history, Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said today.
The commitment, if the Liberal Nationals win this year’s state election, earmarks $200,000 to assist shortlisted bidders develop businesses.
Senator McKenzie said the money would kick start an overdue tourism and heritage attraction.
“I congratulate Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh on his announcement. As the granddaughter of a cattleman, my own heritage is forged in Alpine grazing and I recognise and salute the contribution made by cattlemen and women in the High Country.
“The Hall of Fame will be a Heritage Centre, proudly highlighting the cultural heritage of people and communities of the High Country.
“Regional Victoria boasts some of the most beautiful and culturally rich places in the world.
“The High Country Hall of Fame will create an iconic tourism destination that enshrines the region’s history and pays homage to cattlemen, indigenous peoples, explorers and many others who have shaped it.”
Senator McKenzie said that having visited the High Country on Saturday, she was delighted to support this initiative.
“The High Country Hall of Fame will give Australians another way to experience Banjo Paterson’s Australia.
“I’m always enthusiastic about anything that adds to regional Victoria,” Senator McKenzie said.
“I look forward to the High Country Hall of Hall being completed during the first term of a Liberal National Government in Victoria”. Senator McKenzie said.
16 January 2018