Peter Bull and Ray McNamara. Photo: Andrew Perryman

The Bendigo and District RSL is looking into ways it can help boost tourism in the region as its building appeal continues to gather momentum.

Donations to the appeal have achieved close to $140,000 to date with families and individuals being the biggest contributors.

Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum curator Kirsten McKay said the appeal is on track to achieve its target of $250,000, to ensure completion of the building works by the middle of the year.

“We are urging local businesses to consider donating to the building appeal to support what will be the largest regionally based military museum memorial in Australia,” Ms McKay said.

“In addition to the fundraising we have also been busy with the development and planning of activities and exhibitions that will certainly showcase this fantastic new facility.”

The museum’s volunteers are also looking at ways it can work with local tourism operators to drive visitor growth in the region.

“We particularly want family groups to experience the museum together and we plan to install technology to engage visitors in the displays through sound, film vision and digital interaction,” Ms McKay said.

“Our exhibitions will have the potential to attract visitors nationally and we are encouraging Bendigo tourism venues and businesses to join with us to maximise the promotion and accessibility of Bendigo’s central heritage precinct.

“Our combined efforts will encourage visitors to stay longer and explore the many treasures that our region has to offer.”

Donations to the appeal are tax deductible and organisations, businesses and individuals who donate over $1000 will be acknowledged on the donors and sponsors panel on display in the museum’s foyer.

Donations can be made through any branch of the Bendigo Bank through its Community Enterprise Foundation or online at the bank’s website.