Cloncurry Shire Council is investigating a redevelopment of John Flynn Place Museum & Art Gallery to make it more tourist friendly and include a cafe.
At the March Ordinary Council Meeting council approved the concept design to create a funding plan to explore opportunities including fundraising and government grants including disaster recovery funds
Council also moved to process to preliminary design and costing including, a business case taking into consideration other locations in Cloncurry.
Cloncurry Mayor Greg Campbell said with all the infrastructure already on site, it was unlikely John Flynn Place will be relocated.
"We just wanted to weigh up all our options and cover all bases with the planning of the John Flynn redevelopment," Cr Campbell said.
"The year of Outback Queensland Tourism has highlighted our need for more local product. In light of our recent natural disaster, we need tourism to step up as a major industry to add to our strong base in agriculture, mining and transport."
The redevelopment would deliver interactive displays to engage visitors, a new cafe to draw visitors to the area and would address compliance concerns.
Council expects the project would require $15 million to create new jobs in construction and long term employment in tourism and business.
Council adopted the first tourism strategy in July 2018 which identified John Flynn Place was in need of significant upgrade.
The current museum was completed in the 1988, as a significant bicentenary project, celebrating the work of John Flynn and those that help to create the Royal Flying Doctor Service in 1928.