Representatives from both the Omeo and Maffra/Heyfield communities have indicated a strong level of interest.
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said: “Having attended both days of the Get Together in Omeo, it is clear this policy is a popular one for the wider East Gippsland community.”
“There is no doubt it will also attract interest from other areas of the state and possibly other areas of East Gippsland as well,” he said.
“The Hall of Fame would be established in close consultation with High Country communities to determine the best location and design for the complex, starting with an expression of interest phase where communities can put forward a bid, and a shortlist phase where the three best bids receive financial assistance to help prepare detailed business cases.
“Planning in some communities has already begun. I look forward to these discussions continuing and I would encourage communities to come together and discuss their proposals,” Mr Bull said.
Nationals Leader and Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation, Peter Walsh, said the Hall of Fame would aim to focus on all aspects of High Country history, including mountain cattlemen, indigenous heritage, exploration, winter sports, industry and high country life in general.