QANTAS FOUNDERS MUSEUM
10 May 2019
OFFICIAL SOD TURNING FOR STAGE 1 OF THE AIRPARK ROOF PROJECT
Today the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud and Qantas Foundation Memorial and Qantas Founders Museum Chairman John Vincent turned the sod for Stage 1 of the Airpark Roof Project.
The sod turning ceremony marks the official commencement of the $11.3 million Stage One Airpark Roof Project.
The Airpark Roof Project is the first of a two stage process to create a new light and sound experience at Qantas Founders Museum. Stage One of the project will see the construction of a 8072m2 roof over the Museum’s aircraft including the Boeing 747, Boeing 707, DC-3 and Super Constellation providing all-weather protection and the essential environment for the light and sound experience.
The Project, which was designed by NRA-CO-LAB Architects and is being built by building contractors Watpac, is expected to be completed by May 2020 in time for the Qantas Centenary celebrations.
Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the project will ensure the region’s cultural heritage and the Qantas story is preserved and told to future generations.
“It’s fitting that we continue to enhance the Qantas Founders Museum here in Longreach because this is where the company got its wings back in 1920 and aviation still plays a very important role in Outback Queensland today whether it’s for travel or business,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Tourism bolsters the local economy, this is the Year of the Outback and we have a fantastic aviation story that dates back almost a century.
“It’s going to be an impressive addition to Longreach when the project is completed in 2020 and more than 49,000 tourists are expected to visit the museum once the two-stage process is finished.
“For now, the first stage of this project will include the construction of an 8,072-square metre airpark roof to provide weather protection for four aircraft as well as building a 9.5metre-high viewing platform.
“It will also see new pedestrian pathways linking the current museum to the airpark structure and the installation of lighting, enabling sunset and evening tours.”
Qantas Foundation Memorial Chairman John Vincent said the Luminescent Longreach Project would be the biggest project the Qantas Foundation Memorial had ever undertaken creating a large visitor precinct comprising the National Heritage Listed Qantas Hangar, the large and modern main Museum and Visitor Centre and the Airpark Roof.
“This ceremony marks the commencement of the Luminescent Longreach Project and a new era for Qantas Founders Museum by creating unique experiences for our visitors to enjoy, further employment and contribution to our community and continued growth for our museum,” Mr Vincent said.
“Qantas Foundation Memorial would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the Australian Government, the Longreach Regional Council, Qantas, numerous other individual and corporate supporters and our community in developing this project to point of fruition.”
The Airpark Roof Project is expected to be completed by May 2020.
The $11.3 million Stage 1 component is fully funded by the Australian Government as a Community Development Grants Project.
ABOUT LUMINESCENT LONGREACH STAGE 1: AIRPARK ROOF PROJECT
Stage One of the Project includes the construction of a 8072m2 roof, lighting for night tours, footpaths, landscaping and fencing.
Once completed the roof will provide protection to the Museum’s visitors and aircraft from the harsher weather conditions experienced by Longreach during summer and provide an all-weather venue for expanded visitor experiences.
Stage 2 of the project includes a light and sound show night experience and the construction of a 9m viewing platform
Once both Stage 1 and 2 are completed, Qantas Founders Museum is expected to increase its visitor numbers by 33% and that visitors will extend their visit time to the region.
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