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You’re invited – Community Open Day image

A consortium of 49 individuals, families and philanthropic organisation’s recently purchased the Old Beechworth Gaol. We are inviting the Beechworth community to an open day at the Old Beechworth Gaol on Sunday 26th February. The gates of the Gaol will be ‘unlocked’ for the Beechworth community to come in and have a look behind the walls. There will be short tours of the Gaol running every 30 minutes and the Beechworth Correction Centre will be selling sausages as part of their fundraising for the Prisoners on the Run program. The consortium is committed to transforming the highly-valued heritage site into a thriving community space for the social and economic benefit of the region through a social enterprise approach and representatives will ...

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200 Attend Community Briefing image

Thanks to everyone who came to the Briefing we held at the Gaol last night. Prior to the Community Briefing we held one for Beechworth businesses. We are aware that many businesses missed this invitation, so we will hold another Business Briefing. If you would like to attend, please contact us and provide your email address so we can build a comprehensive business emailing list for future use. We would also like to thank you for the ideas, comments and questions you provided on the feedback form on the night and afterwards via our website. If you have any questions that are not covered in our Q and A section, please send them through and we will add to this list in ...

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Community Buys Back Beechworth Gaol image

Forty-nine individuals, families and philanthropic groups have raised $2.5million to buy the Old Beechworth Gaol, claiming it as a win for community ownership of former public assets. Spokesperson for the consortium, Matt Pfahlert said people got involved for a range of reasons, including providing career opportunities for rural young people, an interest in heritage and the Kelly story, social enterprise and grass roots community action, cycling and community development. “The consortium is committed to transforming the highly valued heritage site into a thriving community space for the social and economic benefit of the region,” Mr Pfahlert said. “Purchasing, planning and renovating historic assets is an expensive process and local leadership saw more than $1.7million raised out of the community. This enabled philanthropic ...

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