Honouring the Menzies Legacy
In 2014 the Menzies Foundation committed $35,000 to the redevelopment of Menzies Square at Jeparit, the birth place of Sir Robert Menzies. The Victorian State Government then announced the funding of $165,000 for the redevelopment of Menzies Square at Jeparit late in October 2014. Additional funding of $10,000 from Federation University and $10,000 from Hindmarsh Shire Council will also support the project. Federation University and Hindmarsh Shire Council will also be contributing $15,000 of in-kind support.
Sir Robert Menzies was born and raised in Jeparit, a town in the Wimmera region of northwestern Victoria. His father James Menzies was a storekeeper there and held agencies for farm machinery and stock agents. Through his various roles that included Councillor, Shire President (Mayor) and MLA for Lowan, James Menzies was a fierce campaigner for the region and was instrumental in having Jeparit proclaimed a town in 1902.
Menzies Discovery Park Concept Plans
Key elements of the concept plan involves new and improved infrastructure to transform the site into Menzies Discovery Park, as well as a large outdoor chess set featuring Australian Prime Ministers and Menzies-era politicians. Also visitors will be able to learn more about the life and times of Sir Robert in Jeparit through the incorporation of interactive screens.
"Jeparit has a proud history of being the birthplace and home of Sir Robert Menzies, Australia's longest serving Prime Minister. The historical site of Menzies Square holds great significance within the town as it is located where Sir Roberts's parents, James & Kate Menzies owned a store and house where they lived during Robert Menzies' early years".
Hindmarsh Shire CEO Tony Doyle
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