A new project aims to enhance infrastructure and signage at the historic Stringybark Creek reserve near Mansfield.
DELWP is working with Victoria Police and other stakeholders to better reflect the historical importance of the site.
Stringybark Creek Historic Reserve is the site where three policemen — Sergeant Michael Kennedy and Constables Thomas Lonigan and Michael Scanlan — were killed while on duty on October 26, 1878 by a group that became known as the Kelly Gang.
‘‘The project includes the construction of a new walking trail in the locality of where the fourth member of the police party, Constable McIntyre, escaped and Sgt Kennedy was later killed,’’ DELWP Goulburn District manager Lucas Russell said.
‘‘This is an extremely important site from both a historical perspective and for the families of the policemen who were killed,’’ Mr Russell said.
Next year marks the 140th anniversary of the deaths of the policemen who were shot while searching for Ned and Dan Kelly in the Toombullup State Forest after warrants were issued for their arrest for horse theft in March 1878.
The deaths of the three policemen marked an escalation in the search for the Kelly brothers and their associates Joe Byrne and Steve Hart.
The four were declared outlaws and became known as the Kelly Gang.
Following an extensive 20-month manhunt across Victoria and NSW, Ned Kelly was captured during the final confrontation between the Kelly Gang and police at Glenrowan on June 28, 1880.
Ned was later tried and hanged for the murder of Const Lonigan, while his brother Dan and associates Byrne and Hart perished in the siege.
Following consultation with stakeholders, and approval from Heritage Victoria, the works are expected to start later this year.