Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

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.