21 November, 2020
Tourism and the historical charm of Eugowra has received a boost with the official opening of the extension to The Eugowra Museum and Bushranger Centre.
Federal Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, Andrew Gee was there to cut the ribbon with members of Cabonne Council and the local community on Saturday.
“The new 9 x 12 metre extension has created a brand-new space, adding to what’s already an iconic institution for the Eugowra region,” Mr Gee said.
“The museum is the custodian of memorabilia from the infamous bushranger hold-up of the gold escort coach on 15 June, 1862.
“It houses timeless pieces such as restored sulkies, classic cars, and now one of the first harvesters ever patented in the world – an 1862 Birdsell, seed cleaner, which is still in working condition!
“Eugowra is a mecca for grey nomads and road-trippers who tour from centres like Canberra and the North Coast to take in its history and breathtaking murals.
“Being the third extension to the museum is testament to the place this much-loved tourist attraction holds in the heart of the community,” Mr Gee said.
The Australian Government covered the cost of the project with a $34,370 grant under The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Tacking Tough Times Together Program (TTTT).
Cabonne Mayor Kevin Beatty, welcomed the Federal Government’s investment in the community of Eugowra and praised the Eugowra Museum Committee for their tireless efforts to expand and improve the Museum. “We are here today because of the hard work of the committee and volunteers to advance this project and obtain funding to bring it to reality,” said Cr Beatty.
“Having available space to showcase this remarkable collection ensures generations to come will continue to have the chance to appreciate the history of Eugowra,” he said.
Chairman of the Eugowra Museum Committee, Ray Agustin, thanked the Australian Government for its support.
“Preserving our local history is very important to the community,” Mr Agustin said.
“The community was very much in favour of this extension. Locals can look back and see what we’ve achieved and how far we’ve come over the years,” he added.
The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) Program gives drought-affected communities across rural,
regional and remote Australia the opportunity to access funds that benefit their immediate and long-term. Grants are available for grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly benefit local