Ruther­glen/Corowa to cel­e­brate 125

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

Des­ti­na­tion Ruther­glen and Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil are join­ing forces to cel­e­brate this year’s 125th An­niver­sary of Fed­er­a­tion in Au­gust, with an in­vi­ta­tion to the Prime Min­is­ter or Deputy Prime Min­is­ter.

“Des­ti­na­tion Ruther­glen have ap­proached coun­cil with an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with them in the de­liv­ery of an Open House event in the Ruther­glen/Corowa re- gion,” Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Di­rec­tor Cor­po­rate and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Kristy Kay said.

Open House is a world­wide group which pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to visit places of in­ter­est and en­gage in ar­chi­tec­ture.

“Whilst the Open House fo­cus has been on cities such as Mel­bourne, the first re­gional pro­gram was held in Bal­larat last year,” Ms Kay said.

“Des­ti­na­tion Ruther­glen have been li­ais­ing with Open House Mel­bourne who have in­di­cated they would sup­port a com­mu­nity-led Open House event in Ruther­glen/Corowa.”

The Fed­er­a­tion Mu­seum will also be an im­por­tant part­ner. “Coun­cil will work closely with them in plan­ning and co-or­di­nat­ing the cel­e­bra­tions,” Ms Kay said.

“Coun­cil has been in con­tact with the Fed­er­a­tion Mu­seum who are plan­ning to host a din­ner. It has been dis­cussed that events be com­bined to cre­ate a week­end of cel­e­bra­tions for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

“It will also be im­por­tant for coun­cil to ex­plore other in­ter­ested part­ners such as Corowa Ro­tary Club and con­sider other ac­tiv­i­ties.”

As part of the Cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions in 1993, Prime Min­is­ter Paul Keat­ing vis­ited Corowa and de­liv­ered a speech at the Cen­te­nary Din­ner in Oddfel­lows Hall, the place where that sig­nif­i­cant meet­ing in 1983, which led to the birth of Fed­er­a­tion, took place.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil re­solved to sup­port the pro­posed ini­tia­tive by Des­ti­na­tion Ruther­glan at coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing on March 20, on the mo­tion of Crs Paul Miegel and Gail Law.

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