Indigenous gallery headlines Stockman's Hall of Fame reopening

Media Release

FN068/2016

02 October 2016

Joint release with:

David Littleproud

Federal Member for Maranoa

A new Indigenous heritage gallery will be a key feature of the upgraded Stockman's Hall of Fame Museum in Longreach, Queensland, which reopened to the public today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Museum celebrates our nation's iconic shearers, smithies, pastoralists, and stockmen, and now indigenous Australians.

“The Stockman's Hall of Fame has always been a unique attraction for Longreach, and now it's even better,” Minister Nash said.

“To have included an indigenous heritage gallery in the Hall of Fame really completes the offering for tourists, who will bring their dollars to Longreach and create jobs.

“I aim to help build the kinds of rural communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and diverse rural economies help build those communities.”

The $5 million upgrade delivered state-of-the-art interactive exhibition equipment, much-needed repairs, the new interactive Indigenous Heritage Display Gallery, and also supported the restoration of Dr Yaetes Cottage.

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the Hall of Fame worked tirelessly to record about a 100 hours of audio and photographs of Indigenous stockmen and women, forever preserving their unique knowledge and contribution to outback history.

“This investment will not only enrich this iconic tourism hub but also preserve so much priceless information we, as a nation, just couldn't afford to lose. This information plays an important part of the outback's history and I congratulate the Hall of Fame for its commitment to the project,” Mr Littleproud said.

The upgrade to the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame Museum was fully funded by the Australian Government