Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has delivered a birthday present of $32,400 to Tamworth Regional Council 128th anniversary of Tamworth being the first city in Australia to be lit by electric street lighting.


Mr Anderson said the funding will allow Council to present ‘Light up the Night’, a permanent public artwork at the Tamworth Powerstation Museum based on Tamworth’s ‘City of Light’ theme.


“We should take great pride in being the first city in Australia with electric street lighting which is why this project will be a fantastic addition to the Powerstation Museum.


“This project is a perfect example of how we can take our rich history and turn it into something visually spectacular that celebrates the accomplishments of our ancestors.


“Tamworth is a pioneering city and we should celebrate and commemorate this anyway we can.


“The new artwork will accompany the already fantastic display that is looked after by the volunteers at Tamworth Powerstation Museum and will allow visitors to not just see the history but experience the story.”


Tamworth Regional Gallery and Powerstation Museum Director Bridget Guthrie welcomes the funding, stating it will greatly assist to “design, develop and implement the public art based on the City of Light theme.”


“Not only is Tamworth the first town in Australia to be lit by electric street lighting, it was actually the first in the Southern Hemisphere. This important moment in history is well celebrated at the Museum, however the awareness of the national significance is limited.


“By using public art to tell this social history we can further engage the community and provide a focus for local narratives.”


The 128th Anniversary of the First City of Light will be celebrated at the Tamworth Powerstation Museum in a special ceremony on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at 11am.


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