Stanley and Athenaeum included on Indigo Gold Trail
Indigo Shire Council this week celebrated the launch of a new tourism initiative aimed at encouraging visitors to explore many of the Shire’s fascinating historic sites linked by the common thread of gold. Stanley Athenaeum is one of the destinations included on the new trail
The Indigo Gold Trail represents the first integrated approach to the development of a tourism product based on the history of the discovery and pursuit of gold across Indigo Shire.
The first stage of the project has involved identification of 40 sites across the Shire which can be readily visited and to develop an informative brochure and maps based on those sites.
New sites are expected to be identified and included as the Indigo Gold Trail develops in the future. New Indigo Gold Trail branding at key sites Shire-wide has also been developed and installed in this phase of the project.
With the assistance of a major State Government contribution of $120,000, the first stage of the project has also included the refurbishment of the historic Powder Magazine, one of the Beechworth Historic & Cultural Precinct’s nationally significant suite of Gold Era buildings.
Stage One will also see the refurbishment of the Rutherglen Gold Battery to enable visitor access. Believed to be the only Government Battery in Victoria still in working order it dates from the late 19th century and is considered historically as well as scientifically significant because of its rarity and its intactness.
Indigo Gold Trail brochures are available at Stanley Athenaeum and the Beechworth Visitor Information Centres and Information centres across Indigo Shire.