Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson today announced a $1.8 million grant to construct a Regional Astronomy and Science Centre that will put Tamworth on the interstellar map.

Mr Anderson said Australia’s ‘country music capital’ will receive the grant through the NSW Government Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.
“This new Regional Astronomy and Science Centre will put Tamworth on the map as a must-see destination attracting thousands of ‘astro-tourists’ looking to the skies for their next adventure,” he said.
“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.
“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 said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the project is one of about 30 being delivered through the Fund.
“With 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.”
In addition to the $300 million Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism Fund, the Government has established the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund to invest in essential infrastructure, support culture and art and spur the creation of local jobs.
For more information about the Regional Growth Fund, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/regionalgrowth

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