Sod turned for Longreach's Outback Entertainment Centre
24 September 2015
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Maranoa
Construction has started on the Stockman's Hall of Fame's long awaited Outback Entertainment Centre in Longreach, with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss turning the first sod on the project today.
Mr Truss said the Australian Government had committed $5 million under the Community Development Grants (CDG) programme to fully fund three planned upgrades at the Stockman's Hall of Fame, including the first stage of the Outback Entertainment Centre.
“The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame is Australia's premier outback heritage institution. These planned upgrades will repair and maintain its current infrastructure, provide improved services to visitors and help teach visitors about our pioneering history,” Mr Truss said.
“Since it opened in 1988, the Hall of Fame has played host to over one million interstate and international visitors—providing each one with a spectacular outback experience.
“With this funding, we are ensuring it will offer new facilities and experiences for locals and visitors alike, and thrive into the future.
“The $350 million CDG programme will deliver almost 300 projects like this one, improving the social facilities and economic infrastructure of communities right across Australia.
Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said $2.5 million from the $5 million in CDG funding had been allocated to the construction of the Outback Entertainment Centre.
“When complete, the new centre will provide a terrific venue to host events and provide a drawcard for tourism,” Mr Scott said.
“Planned works include the construction of access roads linking the facilities with the main entry, the newly completed arena, the main camping area, the stock holding yards and the museum's car park.
“The camping area will be upgraded to accommodate at least 150 patrons, a new powered amenities block and car park will be built, and water pipes and fencing will be established.”
Construction is scheduled for completion in early 2017.