Coalition Government Commits $26.3 Million to Longreach Tourism Icons

The Longreach based QANTAS Founders Museum and The Stockman’s hall of Fame have both secured major Federal Government support

Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce speaking
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.

And the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame will receive a federal funding boost of $15 million for a variety of upgrades to the iconic Longreach centre and for the next stage of the Outback Entertainment Centre.

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader Joyce says the Coalition Government’s additional funding would support the region’s tourism industry.

“This funding for QANTAS Founders Museum 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 says 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. 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 says 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.”

“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 says 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.”

Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Funding

Mr Joyce says the $15m for the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame will be used in part for the construction of the second stage of multipurpose recreational and entertainment facility along with a commercial kitchen and training facility.

Mr Joyce said the funding would support the region’s tourism industry, and was thanks to the government’s strong economic management.

“This additional funding will enable the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre to operate 12 months a year rather than as a seasonal business.”