Bonegilla Migrant Experience upgrade
A NEW Welcome Centre is part of a major redevelopment officially opened at the Bonegilla Migrant Experience in November.
Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie joined Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie in opening the $760,000 project which also includes landscaping, signage, restoration of the recreation hut and two public artworks.
Cr Speedie said the redevelopment has made the Bonegilla Migrant Experience more visitorfriendly and will help preserve an important part of Australian history for future generations.
“The Bonegilla Migrant Experience is a significant tourist attraction for the region and last financial year, welcomed 17,500 visitors,” she said.
“The site has links with people in every state and territory in Australia.
“Our visitors today reflect that deep and personal connection, however, we are increasingly seeing more and more visitors to the site who simply want to learn about modern Australia’s heritage and history.”
More than 300,000 migrants passed through the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre between 1947 and 1971.
New exhibition materials have been installed in the Recreation Hut and throughout the Bonegilla Migrant Experience to better tell the stories of those individuals and families who stayed at the site.
Today’s event also coincided with the launch of the revamped Bonegilla Migrant Experience website, found at bonegilla.org.au, and a new Facebook page.
WELCOME CENTRE: The Bonegilla Migrant Experience tells the stories of people who once stayed at the site. PHOTO: Kellie Davies