There is a definite buzz of excitement in the quiet town of Boulia as the upgrades to the Min Min Connection comes to a completion. The town’s fame rests largely on the strange spectral light called the Min Min which was first sighted back in the early 1890s.
Boulia Shire Mayor Rick Britton said the display at the Min Min Connection visitor information centre had been running for 18 years.
“The technology we used back then was advanced, but now with the upgrade, the technology has come into the 21st century,” Cr Britton said.
The interactive story of the Min Min encounter incorporates a laser show, animatronics and fibre optics. Creator and Designer from Pro Con Design Greg Tuckwell said they have used LED lights where possible.
“We also have regular maintenance and have scheduled forecasting along with upgrades to the UPS batteries,” Mr Tuckwell said.
The new 45-minute show relates encounters of the Min Min light by robotic mannequins based on past Boulia locals.
“I can name some of the characters because the resemblance is uncanny,” Cr Britton said.
“The theatrical experience is outstanding. We’ve just put a modern Boulia on the map.”
The last reported sighting of the Min Min light was in October 2017. Tourism Officer Anna Karra said the light was seen in the early morning.
“Some tourists had been camping just out of town when they saw the Min Min lights about 3.30am that morning. They were originally going to head to Alice Springs but when they saw it they came here to inform us.”
The new Min Min Theatrical show will open this week.
The Boulia Shire Council have been busy upgrading other historical features as well.
The 60 year-old Shire Hall was renovated and the official opening is set to incorporate with the Diamonds and Dust Ball on Saturday May 12.
The now modern hall was fitted with an industrial kitchen, cinematic screen and blackout curtains. CEO Lynn Moore said the hall no longer echoes due to the marvelous work that has been done.
Another project near completion was the new Boulia sign as visitors drive into town from Mount Isa.
“A sign is also located on the Bedourie side as well, we are just needing to landscape now,” Ms Moore said.