QANTAS FOUNDERS MUSEUM
18 December 2017
Today the Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce and Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud, announced the Coalition Government will allocate $11.3 million towards Qantas Founders Museum’s Airpark Roof Project in the 2017-18 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.
Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of The Nationals, Barnaby Joyce, said the Coalition Government’s additional funding would support the region’s tourism industry, which celebrates Australia’s first and most enduring aviation company.
“The Qantas Founders Museum opened in 1996 and tells the story of the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service (Qantas), Australia’s foundation airline company, from its inception as a mail carrier in 1920,” Mr Joyce said.
“This funding will help preserve the Qantas story, ensuring these historical aircraft and artefacts are protected from the harsh Australian climate for current and future generations of Australians to enjoy and learn about its strong and proud history.”
Mr Joyce said the Coalition Government was committed to investing in regional communities to ensure they remain viable.
“We’re delivering a range of projects across the region, including through the Building Better Regions Fund, and it’s this investment that’s creating jobs for residents,” Mr Joyce said.
“This long-awaited upgrade is being delivered in conjunction with the Museum’s proposed new venture, Luminescent Longreach – a light and sound show that will utilise the floor, walls and aircraft in the new structure to tell how the past has created the future.”
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said Luminescent Longreach would operate all year round providing a major addition to Central Queensland’s tourism attractions.
“The large scale of this unique show and authentic experience is estimated to more than double the current number of visitors to Central Queensland,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Once complete, we anticipate the museum and show will attract strong interest from international tourists to provide the local economy with a welcome boost estimated to be worth more than $25 million, and to generate 64 new jobs.
Qantas Founders Museum Chief Executive Officer Mr Tony Martin said the announcement was exciting for both the museum and the region.
“The Airpark Roof Project will be one of the most significant and important projects our museum has ever undertaken and will ensure the ongoing sustainability of our museum with a new lighting show experience and the preservation of our iconic aircraft including our Lockheed Super Constellation which is under restoration and will be ready for display in mid 2018.”
“The Airpark Roof Project will not only benefit the Longreach tourism industry but will have financial impact to the region as whole,” Mr Martin said.