Re­port de­tails po­ten­tial to en­hance Kelly story

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INDIGO Shire mayor Cr Jenny O’Con­nor has wel­comed the Ned Kelly Alive Re­port re­leased by Tourism North East and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Vic­to­ria last Fri­day.

The re­port looks to reimag­ine the re­gion’s Ned Kelly tourism ex­pe­ri­ences to cre­ate an en­gag­ing, im­mer­sive and con­nected of­fer that brings the story of the out­law to life.

Beech­worth is home to the most sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tion of his­toric build­ings con­nected to the Kelly story in re­gional Vic­to­ria.

“The Ned Kelly story is such a big part of our his­tory and it at­tracts many vis­i­tors to the re­gion ev­ery year,” Cr O’Con­nor said.

“We wel­come the rec­om­men­da­tions in the Ned Kelly Alive Re­port, in­clud­ing a pro­posed ex­panded Kelly Ex­pe­ri­ence at the Old Beech­worth Gaol and Beech­worth’s His­toric Precinct Court­house ‘Kelly Tri­als’ con­cept.”

“It is ex­cit­ing to see two con­cepts pro­posed for Beech­worth - it recog­nises Beech­worth’s ex­ist­ing Kelly cre­den­tials and col­lec­tion as well as fu­ture tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Ned Kelly col­lec­tion is made up of around 100 items, of which ap­prox­i­mately 90 per cent are pri­vately owned.

It in­cludes many rare items such as Sid­ney Nolan’s fi­nal paint­ing ‘Shot’, Ned Kelly’s ri­fle, as well as orig­i­nal photo- graphs and doc­u­ments.

Burke Mu­seum man­ager Cameron Auty said the own­ers of the col­lec­tion in the Ned Kelly Vault have ex­pressed a wish to ex­pand the ex­hi­bi­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence.

“They want to show­case more of this world-class col­lec­tion for all vis­i­tors to en­joy and mov­ing it to the Old Beech­worth Gaol as part of the Kelly Ex­pe­ri­ence con­cept is a great way to en­sure that the col­lec­tion stays in Beech­worth,” Mr Auty said.

“We hope it will also al­low more items from the com­mu­nity to be sourced and dis­played.”

“We’re ex­cited to tell the Kelly story in new and in­no­va­tive ways, and re­vi­talise the his- toric precinct with an im­mer­sive in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Kelly Gang and fam­ily’s tri­als at the Beech­worth Court­house.”

This project looks to po­si­tion Vic­to­ria’s High Coun­try as the home of the Kelly story – a nar­ra­tive that is part of the coun­try’s his­tory and a ‘must-do’ Aus­tralian ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Ned Kelly Alive Re­port was funded by Re­gional Devel­op­ment Vic­to­ria, into the tourism po­ten­tial of the life and times of Ned Kelly was re­leased by com­mis­sion­ing part­ners, the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta, Indigo Shire, Mans­field Shire and Be­nalla Ru­ral City.

The full re­port can be viewed on­line through the Tourism North East web­site.

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