New home for Ned’s history proposed for Glenrowan

GRAND IDEAS: Joanne Griffiths, a descendant of Ned Kelly, wants Wangaratta Council to support the proposed Ned Kelly Centre to open in 2020.

GRAND IDEAS: Joanne Griffiths, a descendant of Ned Kelly, wants Wangaratta Council to support the proposed Ned Kelly Centre to open in 2020.

A Ned Kelly interpretive centre for Glenrowan could finally get off the ground into action, after years of talk and proposals.

Wangaratta councillors will be asked to accept a proposal to support a possible new centre by offering financial assistance and making the preferred site available.

Joanne Griffiths, descendant of Ned Kelly and director of the proposed Ned Kelly Centre, wrote to the council and asked for assistance to buy or hold in-kind the preferred site at Glenrowan, assist with planning and publicly support the centre.

If approved, it would be slated to open in 2020 to coincide with the 140th anniversary of Ned Kelly’s death.

A report will be presented at Tuesday’s meeting, recommending support for the idea in principle, but delaying any final decision until recommendations from the Ned Kelly Alive research project were released in December.

The research project – supported by Wangaratta, Indigo, Benalla and Mansfield councils – will develop a business case for direction to enhance the region’s Ned Kelly history. 

“For council to engage in support for a private development as a stand-alone product may detract from the broader opportunities to develop the Ned Kelly story as a nationally significant heritage trail,” the report stated.

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