A lack of community interest has forced the cancellation of the proposed 2014 Jerilderie Letter Event.By Hannah Nichols
The organisers of the popular biennial event called for help to get it back on the tourism calendar, but say the appeals for help were virtually unanswered.
Committee spokesperson Paul Ryan also said financial support and grants were lacking.
Mr Ryan said the plan was to work toward a 2015 event, but admitted it was not guaranteed.
‘‘We just feel we have run out of time.
‘‘We needed to apply for grants for assistance and we have missed the bag.
‘‘The future of the event will be decided in the next six months.
‘‘We feel it is worthwhile to make the Letter Event happen.
‘‘When it will be held is still being discussed – whether it will be held in February or at Easter.
‘‘I guess we would have to get Ned Kelly’s permission to move the date of the event.’’
The Letter Event was previously run by Jerilderie Shire Council but was put back into the hands of the community earlier this year.
The Jerilderie Letter Event was developed in 2003, to mark the 125th anniversary of the bushranger’s visit to Jerilderie in 2004.
It was in Jerilderie that Ned Kelly penned the now famous letter to explain his version of events leading up to being on the police force’s most wanted list.
It has come to be known simply as the Jerilderie Letter.
The success of the event encouraged the original committee to make it an annual attraction.
The 2014 event would have marked the 135th anniversary of the Jerilderie Letter.
Anyone who would like to be involved in the future of the Jerilderie Letter Event is asked to make contact with a member of the Jerilderie Letter Event Committee.
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