Plans for a Heritage Centre in Jindabyne capturing the cultural history of the Snowy Mountains region are now underway, thanks to Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro.

The NSW Nationals Leader said the Snowy Alpine Heritage Association (SAHA) will receive $95,000 for initial planning and design work on the centre, hoped to be similar to the internationally-famous “Stockman’s Hall of Fame” in Longreach.

“There is so much history to capture, preserve and share in this region,” Mr Barilaro said. “Unfortunately, over time people and events are forgotten, artefacts are lost, journals are destroyed, buildings are ruined, and stories and memories fade. That’s why it’s more important than ever to try and preserve our past.”

Snowy Alpine Heritage Association (SAHA) spokesperson Tom Barry said there was strong community support for the Heritage Centre.

“We hope to establish a Heritage Centre or Heritage Park that acts as a museum of static displays and exhibitions, interactive exhibits, repository for books, photos and artefacts and a family history centre,” Mr Barry said. “The kinds of history we hope to showcase include Indigenous culture and heritage, European exploration and pioneers, Snowy Mountains flora and fauna, the Gold Rush, the Man from Snowy River, the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme, the snow industry and much more.”

“Some other ideas include outdoor miniature village models of Jindabyne, Adaminaby and the Snowy Scheme, a multi-function centre, gallery and café.”

Snowy Alpine Heritage Association (SAHA) spokesman Tom Barry

Mr Barilaro said the Snowy Mountains region had contributed so much to our nation’s character.

“We enjoy a unique combination of heritage and culture that’s found nowhere else in Australia,” Mr Barilaro said. “I look forward to seeing how our rich history can be preserved and enjoyed for future generations.”