Bonegilla Mi­grant Ex­pe­ri­ence up­grade

North East Tourist News - - ALBURY/ WODONGA -

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

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