Victoria Premier Denis Napthine
Premier Celebrates Sir Henry Bolte Trust At Sovereign Hill
Victor P Taffa
Premier Denis Napthine today delivered the Sir Henry Bolte Trust Oration in Sovereign Hill, in honour of Victoria’s longest serving Premier.
“Sir Henry Bolte was a great champion for rural and regional Victoria throughout his 17 years as Premier from 1955 to 1972 and this passion continued long after he left Parliament.” Dr. Napthine said.
“One of Sir Henry’s many achievements was establishing Sovereign Hill, a fantastic way to remember Victoria’s history and a brilliant economic asset for Ballarat which generates $50 Million every year.”
“Before he passed away, Sir Henry also generously donated $50,000 to establish the Sir Henry Bolte Trust, which has provided funds to help Sovereign Hill acquire its current collection items.”
“Today, the items have increased in value from $50,000 to nearly $700,000. The trust has also made more than $450,000 available for collection acquisitions.”
“This is just one example of how Sir Henry understood the importance of regional and rural Victoria, and its contribution to our state’s economic growth and prosperity.” Dr. Napthine said.
Dr. Napthine said Sir Henry also made Sovereign Hill sustainable and attractive to future generations.
“The Trust has ensured Sovereign Hill is one of the state’s top tourism attractions, with the iconic outdoor museum attracting about 450,000 visitors annually including 120,000 from overseas.” Dr. Napthine said.
Sovereign Hill has been a winner of many top tourism accolades, including eight Victorian Tourism Awards for a major attraction, and two Australian Tourism Awards.
Sovereign Hill is a community-based not for profit organisation, which needs Trust support for its work as a museum, tourism facility and educational resource for schools.