Funding reality check on plan

Kelly Centre at Glenrowan in limbo: council says not achievable, for now

HOPES of establishing an $8 million Kelly Centre at Glenrowan have faded somewhat…at least in the short term.

The Rural City of Wangaratta Council’s much feted concept of an interpretive centre to build on the Ned Kelly legend has been axed from last month’s endorsed four year council plan – which sets the strategic direction for council’s term.

The project was mentioned as an action item in the draft plan, but was subsequently erased in the adopted plan, on the back of largely unsupportive public feedback, and a ‘reality check’ by councillors.

Council’s tourism and economic development portfolio holder, Cr Tammy Atkins, told the Wangaratta Chronicle the project’s absence reflected a ‘more realistic’ and achievable plan, in line with council’s conservative budget.

“We don’t believe it is achievable in the current economic environment…and we did not want to create unrealistic expectations,” Cr Atkins said.

But she hastened to add the project was definitely “not dead in the water”.

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