The new owner of Kenmore, Xiao Liang Wen, has spoken briefly about his plans for the former hospital this week.
Mr Xiao said he would initially provide accommodation services at ‘Kenmore Gardens’.
“Goulburn does not have a huge population, so I am wanting to bring people to Goulburn - for accommodation and commercial activities,” Mr Xiao said.
“To bring people in, we will need to have accommodation and commercial interests and jobs in place.”
While he did not elaborate, he did say that he intended to work to the heritage constraints that the former hospital poses.
His company – Australia China International is involved in various fields including: hotel services, Chinese medicine, Buddhist studies, martial arts, vocational training, nutritional therapy, health farms, worship houses, brands outlets, cultural shows and retirement living – so who knows what else will happen out at Kenmore, once there are people living there?
The good news is that Mr Xiao is making a commitment to Goulburn and that some investment is about to occur in the place. The 1895 former psychiatric hospital is a heritage jewel.
He is meeting with Mayor Bob Kirk soon and the mayor said he would explain other developments that were happening near Kenmore to Mr Xiao and give him a tour of Goulburn so he can gain a broader perspective of the city.
Mr Xiao’s gift of a shipping container of warm clothes for people in need in winter is also an indication that he is a compassionate and spiritual man. We wish him every success in his endeavours here.
A gentle woman
Edna Knowlman’s passing is indeed the end of an era in Goulburn.
She was a lady in every sense of the word and held high community ideals, borne of the family’s sense of responsibility to the city.
Knowlmans employed thousands in Goulburn from 1888 when it was established to 1982 when it ceased trading. The family over many generations was good to employees and in return, they received loyalty.
Mrs Knowlman was very much at the forefront, dishing out her own brand of care. She will long be remembered for her gentle ways. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family.