Bonegilla to get $760K entry way

BONEGILLA Migrant Experience will get a $760,000 new entrance on Bonegilla Road and a new visitor centre.

The centre will receive $455,000 from the Victorian government, which will go toward implementing the first stage of a site master plan.

The balance will be funded by Wodonga Council and federal government grants.

Council’s team leader for tourism development, Bernadette Zanet, said the first part of the master plan included building a new “welcome centre” nearer the entrance, as well as landscaping.

“It means we can improve the experience we offer visitors through the relocation of the welcome centre to a better spot,” she said.

The current centre at the Block 19 complex will remain, and will be used as an education centre for the centre that was the first Australian home for more than 320,000 migrants between 1947 and 1972.

Ms Zanet said a new thematic strategy for the site would also be developed, which would include ways for it to “become a site about interaction and participation”

“These improvements are key, they will set it up for future years in a way that will make it much more sustainable,” she said.

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