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EVENTS - TOURISM
150 YEARS OF THE GEELONG-
CELEBRATED IN MOORABOOL
Tuesday April 10 marked the 150 years of the Geelong
to Ballarat railway, and Moorabool towns along the route
celebrated this significant anniversary. Elaine, Lal Lal, Yendon
and Navigators were all on the original line, and all celebrated
the anniversary with a variety of community activities.
On Tuesday 10th April, the heritage train departed from
Geelong bound for Ballarat, with Cr. Tom Sullivan, CEO Rob
Croxford, officials from the other municipal councils and
interested people on board. They were welcomed by a large
crowd at Lal Lal railway station to inspect the display of local
history and memorabilia and an exhibition of photography by
the Lal Lal Moorabool Photographic Group.
The communities continued their sesquicentennial celebrations
on the following weekend. At Lal Lal, the community hosted a
Bush Dance on Saturday night.
At Yendon, the Recreation Reserve was the venue for a
fantastic history display and talk presented by the Yendon
History Group, a car boot sale and market day and Mt
Buninyong Rural Fire Brigade BBQ.
Music was provided by the Haddon Concert Band, and horse
and carriage rides recreated the transport of the era from
the railway station. The Ballarat Vintage and Classic Car Club
members provided a display and the recently refurbished
Yendon railway station site was on show for all.
In Navigators, at the Gerald Mullane Reserve and Navigators
Community Centre, the focus of the weekend was the history
of the railway and the district, and featured a reunion of
people and families of the district past and present.
A fascinating display of historic information was presented in
the Hall highlighting the rail and railway station, the Church
and schools, the post office and tennis club, the farming
activities and the families of Navigators district. A display of
"olden days" farming equipment reminded us of the hard
work and toil of the farmers of the area, and on Sunday a
Farmers Market showcased the wide range of produce of the
many farming enterprises in this area today.
In Navigators the iconic Bluestone Railway Bridge, refurbished
bridge surrounds and Navigators Railway Station, with new
interpretive signage and fencing, was the centre of attention.
The Geelong-Ballarat Railway 150th Anniversary Event
organising group acknowledged the support of the Moorabool
Shire Council in many aspects of this fantastic event.
With thanks to Alan Rogers.
INTERESTED IN HERITAGE MATTERS?
Moorabool Shire Council has recently resolved to formally
seek expressions of interest for members of the Heritage
Advisory Committee. This process is being undertaken to
reinvigorate the Committee and to keep issues relating to
heritage at the forefront of Council's decision making.
Council has a deep and ongoing commitment to maintaining
the natural, environmental, cultural and historical heritage
values of Moorabool within its broad aim of sustainable
development. Part of this commitment has been the
establishment of the Heritage Advisory Committee which
is a recognised advisory committee under Section 86 of the
Local Government Act 1989.
The Committee is currently comprised of nominated members
from community groups such as historical and heritage
societies, the National Trust and indigenous representatives.
The terms of reference for the Committee are being
reviewed to ensure its composition is representative of the
wider community, to encourage people with a keen interest
and knowledge of heritage and historic matters to nominate
If you are interested in nominating to become a member
and/or would like to receive further information about the
Heritage Advisory Committee, please contact Council's
Strategic and Sustainable Development Unit on 5366 7100
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