THE CITY of Greater Bendigo has promised history buffs it will honour a $62,000 promise to help move their collection despite hopes for a new home at Bendigo TAFE falling through.
The Bendigo Historical Society is searching for a new home to move its sprawling collection after landlords at the Bendigo Regional Archive Centre's Nolan Street premises told them the building was no longer suitable for their purposes.
It had considered moving into buildings at Bendigo TAFE's McCrae Street campus after the council agreed to help pay for a potential move there.
That location became "unviable" due to circumstances outside the history group and the city's control, according to a report published ahead of Monday night's council meeting.
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The report did not disclose the nature of the problem.
The Bendigo Historical Society has now confirmed it is close to securing another site thanks to several benefactors.
President Jim Evans said it was still too soon to reveal exactly where but the site was close to the city centre and had been deemed suitable to house the collection, which includes rare and delicate pieces.
"We are going to respect the wishes of the benefactors and not reveal their identities," he said.
Councillors voted on Monday to allow the historical society to help move into another building near the centre of Bendigo.
Cr Matthew Evans said it would help Bendigo preserve its rich history and culture.
"The BHS certainly do a very good job at that," he said.
The $62,000 includes $27,500 for a venue fit-out and $34,500 in lease support over three years.
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