The Victorian State Government have awarded the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) a Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund to bring the 1860’s Mooramong Homestead back to life.
Simon Ambrose, CEO of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), is thrilled to have received the funding to explore the story of Mooramong Homestead and share its history with the wider community.
“The State Government’s support will help to trust provide enhanced tourism and accommodation opportunities for Mooramong, bringing dynamic energy to the local community. Our vision for the property is to develop visitor experiences that create lifelong connections to the place through community engagement with cultural heritage and help to grow the local visitor economy,” concluded Mr Ambrose.
Mooramong Homestead has a rich history that began when Australian millionaire Donald ‘Scobie’ Mackinnon was gifted the property on his 21st birthday.
Renowned Melbourne architect Marcus W Martin remodelled the homesteads with refined and elegant Art Deco influence in 1938 for Scobie and the love of his life, Hollywood movie star Claire Adams.
Enhancing the gorgeous heritage encompassed at Mooramong Homestead, the State Government’s funding will allow the National Trust to deliver accommodation through glamping, historical cottages, tiny houses and premium apartments, driving tourism into the local Goldfield region.
Mooramong, meaning place of water, is rich with cultural and Indigenous heritage and is a cherished place to be visited and enjoyed by all.
Mooramong Homestead plans to deliver a successful tourism product which relies on multiple elements creating a holistic experience for both day trip visitation, accommodation and education.
Broadening the expansive history of Mooramong Homestead, the new project will also offer First Peoples’ led experiences, along with year-round visitation through increased tourism opportunities.
Works at Mooramong are set to commence in July 2022, with a range of accommodation opportunities available for occupancy by June 2023.