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Tamworth’s famous Powerstation Museum is about to grow with $241,750 awarded to Tamworth Regional Council from the NSW Government’s Creative Capital Minor Works and Equipment Round 2.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Tamworth Powerstation Museum was bursting at the seams and this funding would allow the museum to grow by extending the existing Engine Shed.

“Our city was the first in Australia to flick the switch for electric street lighting in Australia so it’s important that we continue to celebrate that heritage at the Tamworth Powerstation Museum,” Mr Anderson said.

“The volunteers at the museum do a fantastic job curating the extensive collection of everything electrical while giving tourists a great insight into the history of electricity and appliances.

“That’s why I’m thrilled that this new grant will help them to expand by providing an expanded engine shed which will be used for collection care and object digitisation, ensuring that the collection is accessible and is preserved for future generations of enthusiasts.

“Congratulations to Council for winning this significant grant and thank you to the many volunteers who contribute to preserving our history.”

Tamworth Region Mayor Russell Webb said that the funding would allow the Powerstation Museum to exhibit larger items not currently on display due to lack of space.

“As an important part of our city’s history, it is wonderful that this museum will now be able to show off all the historic objects in the collection and allow space for a new digitisation studio to ensure our history is recorded for future generations,” said Cr Webb.

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