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Media Release


3 November 2017



Qantas Founders Museum has won the Sustainability: Organisations with Paid Staff category and Museum Chief Executive Officer Tony Martin was a finalist for The Individuals: Paid Staff category at the 2017 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards presented by Museums & Galleries Queensland in Brisbane on Thursday 2 November 2017.

The Sustainability: Organisations with Paid Staff category recognises initiatives such as development of effective partnerships; fundraising; environmental initiatives; improvements to infrastructure; effective planning; effective use of resources; adoption of new resources or new technologies.

The Individuals: Paid Staff category is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Queensland’s public museum and gallery sector and their community.

The Sustainability: Organisations with Paid Staff category was awarded to Qantas Founders Museum for its ongoing sustainability projects including the installation of solar panels on the main museum building to reduce energy consumption, the solar panels on the Boeing 707 to power lighting in the aircraft and the LED Lighting Retrofit project of the museum.

Museums & Galleries Queensland Executive Director, Rebekah Butler said, “Being recognised in this category is testament to Qantas Founders Museum’s ability to adopt sustainable energy practices in a way that is financially viable and practical. The project has served as an example to other organisations in the region, who have seen the benefits and have installed similar systems relevant to their needs.”

Qantas Founders Museum CEO Tony Martin said it was very exciting for the museum to receive the Sustainability: Organisations with Paid award and he was honoured to be a finalist in the Individuals: Paid Staff category.

“The achievements of Qantas Founders Museum are a result of the hard work and dedication of our museum team and the ongoing support we have from our community, the tourism and museum industry, sponsors and our valuable visitors.”

“Our Museum is always planning and researching for new displays, procedures and improvements to provide our visitors with the best experience and to ensure the sustainability of the museum and preservation of our artefacts,” Mr Martin said.



Qantas Founders Museum is located in Longreach, Queensland, Australia. It is a not for profit organisation which tells the story of how Australia’s national airline, Qantas Airways Ltd, began in Western Queensland in 1920. The museum’s collection includes a variety of early artefacts, interactive displays, replica and original Qantas aircraft including a Boeing 747-200 Jumbo Jet and a Boeing 707-138, the first Jet Qantas bought from Boeing in 1959, and the 1922 National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar, where Qantas Airways Ltd operated in its early days from 1922 to 1930.

Media Contact: Tony Martin, Qantas Founders Museum 07 4658 3737.

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