STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN WITH DA LODGED FOR ASTRONOMY CENTRE
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson welcomed the submission of a development application to begin construction of the Regional Astronomy and Science Centre.
Mr Anderson said Tamworth had just enjoyed 10 days with stars of a different kind visiting Australia’s ‘country music capital’
“With $1.804 million through the NSW Government Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund we’ll have a Centre that will put Tamworth on the interstellar map.
“This new Regional Astronomy and Science Centre will help Tamworth become a must-see destination attracting thousands of ‘astro-tourists’ looking to the skies for their next adventure.
“People travel to Iceland to see the Northern Lights or South Carolina to see a solar eclipse, now everyone can travel to Tamworth to see and learn about the incredible astronomical sites in regional NSW on the 700 kilometre Inland Astro-Trail.
“The $1.8 million grant will help fund a new observatory with a roll-off roof to house large telescopes, a second observatory also with a roll off roof, to house a historic telescope, a planetarium and an education space for hands-on science programs.
“Tamworth’s Astronomy club has consistently enjoyed around 80 members for the last couple of years. It’s a really popular pastime for people from all walks of life.
“Work on the Centre is expected to begin midway through the year with and estimated finish date in late December.
“When people visit our regional towns they stay in local accommodation, they buy from local shops, they visit local cafes and eateries and enjoy local tourist attractions,” Mr Anderson concluded.
The project is one of about 30 being delivered through the Fund.
Tourism in regional NSW contributing more than $12 billion in total overnight expenditure to the NSW economy, regional environment and tourism assets must be supported and protected.
For more information about the Regional Growth Fund, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/regionalgrowth
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson MP with Tamworth Regional Council Mayor Cr Col Murray and Tamworth’s Astronomy Club members Phil Betts and Ray Hare examine plans for the Centre.