Australia's own Jurassic Park gets vital upgrade

Media Release


31 May 2015

Joint release with:

Matthew Canavan

Senator for Queensland

Bruce Scott

Federal Member for Maranoa

Australia's prehistoric past will come alive in the future with the completion of stages one and two of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum upgrade in Winton.

Senator for Queensland Matthew Canavan opened the facility today on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss.

Mr Truss said the $223,000 upgrade will mean the museum stays fresh and exciting for visitors.

“Highlighting Australia's ancient past is an important part of our tourism sector, as is ongoing collaborative research into the prehistoric finds in the region,” Mr Truss said.

“In particular the addition of a reliable power supply will ensure fossil preparations can continue during public tours, while improving comfort for visitors and volunteers during the hot summer months.

“A shaded car park will give some relief for staff and visitors and the new amenities building will ensure guests wanting specific merchandise won't need to wait while staff collect their goods.”

Senator Canavan said the project is an important investment in the region's future.

“The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum hosts the largest collection of Australian fossils in the world, with the museum remaining a key tourist destination in the region,” Senator Canavan said.

“The continued attractiveness of the facility will ensure tourists keep visiting the facility, ultimately providing flow-on effects to other businesses in the area.”

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said the investment has created new opportunities for the entire region.

“This project has created one direct and three indirect jobs for the local community, providing an important employment boost for the small towns in this region,” Mr Scott said.

“When combined with the other projects the Australian Government is funding in Maranoa, including upgrades to the Warrego Highway, the region's future looks very strong.”

The project was completed in December 2014.