Barcaldine Visitor Centre opens its doors

Media Release

WT344/2015

29 October 2015

Joint release with:

Rob Chandler

Mayor Barcaldine Regiional Council

Bruce Scott

Federal Member for Maranoa

Residents in Barcaldine will gather this evening for the official opening of the $3 million Visitor Information Centre, which will provide a one-stop-information shop for tourists and visitors.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $500,000 towards Stage One of the Barcaldine Cultural Complex.

“The Australian Government is committed to working with state and local government to improve the social and economic infrastructure of community's right across Australia,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said the existing building had been empty for some time and needed to be completely refurbished.

“I am pleased council was able to redevelop the historic Globe Hotel, which was built in 1910, into the new Visitor Information Centre for the town and region. It's important we do not remove all of our iconic heritage buildings just to make way for progress,” Mr Scott said.

“Works included a complete overhaul of the building's foundations, fittings and structure including floors, air conditioning and lighting.

“The new Visitor Information Centre will give local artists and the Central West Aboriginal Corporation a dedicated space to display their art and crafts.”

Mayor of Barcaldine Regional Council Rob Chandler said tourism and local businesses will be boosted significantly with the opening of the Barcaldine Cultural Complex.

“The new centre now includes separate retail and display areas, a local history room, storage room and amenities,” Cr Chandler said.

The Barcaldine Cultural Complex Stage One Visitor Information Centre is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government providing $500,000, the Barcaldine Regional Council $2,461,419 and the Queensland Government $17,500.