The Devonian Fossil Research and Storage Facility at Canowindra will receive $300,000 from the NSW Government for the construction of a purpose-built storage facility and research building to house Canowindra’s 370 million year old fossil collection. 


Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier, Kevin Anderson MP, and Nationals Candidate for the seat of Orange, Scott Barrett, congratulated Cabonne Council on their successful application.


“The fish fossil slab collection at Canowindra is incredibly unique and is of international significance” Mr Anderson said.


“Currently the 370 million year old fossil slabs are being stored under a sporting grandstand with no public access and are therefore inaccessible for study and research.


“The new building will be climate controlled to ensure the long-term preservation of the fossils and will have specialised racking to store the fossil slabs and enable them to be displayed and be accessible for scientific research.


Scott Barrett has welcomed the announcement as a major win for the Canowindra community that will drive new and dynamic education programs.


“The facility would provide a safe and suitable area for scientists to conduct research and for educational groups and paying visitors to view the fossils under suitable supervision” Mr Barrett said.


“Such an on-site facility would enable the museum to market a diverse range of hands-on education learning experiences as well as further develop partnerships with scientists, museums, universities, high schools, primary schools and regional interest groups.”


Over four years from 2015-16 the NSW Government is providing $50 million in ClubGRANTS Category 3 project funding state-wide. This includes $2.5 million a year for arts and culture infrastructure, $8 million a year for sports and recreation infrastructure, $2 million a year for sports and recreation infrastructure, and $2 million a year for emergency services infrastructure.


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