Excitement is building in Bathurst with construction of the city’s new Rail Museum now underway.
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the $4.8 million new facility, designed to tell the story of Bathurst’s social and industrial history of rail, will provide a new cultural institution for locals and visitors to explore.
“Through a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions on Bathurst’s rail development, this cultural and educational facility will engage and educate visitors of all ages,” Mr Gee said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said this museum, which celebrates an important slice of Bathurst’s history, will strengthen the Central Tablelands region’s economy.
“This museum is expected to increase the number of visitors to the region, which will bring more income – contributing $6.9 million in economic benefits over the next 20 years,” Mr McCormack said.
New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the facility, complete with a new reception area, shop, café and galleries, will support 18 jobs during construction and create a further six ongoing roles in the community.
“The museum will provide a range of opportunities for isolated residents to engage with the community and it’ll also support learning programs designed to benefit and educate regional students,” Mr Constance said.
Mayor of Bathurst Graeme Hanger said the museum will be a high-quality cultural facility, adding to other cultural and visitor facilities Bathurst already boasts.
“It will add to the range of tourism attractions available in the region, enhancing the visitor experience and building on Bathurst’s visitor economy,” Cr Hanger said.
The $4,810,600 project was jointly funded with the Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government investing $965,250, the New South Wales Government $413,180 and the Bathurst Regional Council $3,432,170.