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New signs will tell history

AN historic walking trail will be created in Pyramid Hill with a grant from the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal.

The town’s historical society has been allocated $8253 in the latest Strengthening Rural Communities program funding round.

Society assistant secretary Michael Gregory said FRRR funding and a donation from Pyramid Hill Op-shop would fund 30 new plaques detailing the history of the town.

Mr Gregory said additional plaques would build on one installede last year on the former site of the mechanics institute that had been provided by the Mechanics’ Institute of Victoria.

The institute site at the corner of Kelly and Victoria Streets was later used by the railways and then as a garage.

“The plaques will tell the stories of the businesses that were once at particular sites in the town centre and of the historic buildings still there,” Mr Gregory said.

“The idea is to have local people, particularly youngsters, and visitors gain a knowledge of the past.

“And new residents can have a greater understanding of what the town used to be like.

“We are thinking that guided walking tours can be given once the 30 plaques are in place.

“People come here to climb the hill. The plaques will give them another reason to stay longer in town and also support local businesses,” he said.

He said society archivist Helen Stevens had started researching information to be included on each new blue plaque.

Mr Gregory said the project would be completed in 2022.

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