Following a successful funding announcement in late 2018, the revitalisation of Mount Isa's Riversleigh Fossil Centre is about to begin after tender application by Focus Productions was awarded.
The $1.44 million project, 75 per cent of which is funded by the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games as part of the "Outback Tourism Infrastructure Fund" will be major win for the Mount Isa tourism industry.
Mayor Joyce McCulloch said Riversleigh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as such is regarded as one of the world's most important fossil sites giving the site outstanding universal value.
"This is such an important project to recognise and build upon the importance of Riversleigh to this area," Cr McCulloch said.
"The fossil deposits found in this region are outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life. The history of mammal lineages in modern Australia can be traced through these fossil deposits and as a consequence there is a better understanding of the conservation status of living mammals and their communities.
"The centre will receive new building work, improved audio-visual technology and assorted electronics, the installation of theatrical lighting and display cabinetry and wall graphics under the direction of Focus Productions.
"Focus Productions are renowned for their ability to create sophisticated displays, bespoke exhibitions and educational spaces and are a perfect fit for the Riversleigh Revitalisation Project, which aims to bring our ancient world into a modern environment by providing enhanced visitor experiences through the use of innovative and interactive displays."
Councillor Peta MacRae, who represents Council as a member of the Riversleigh community Scientific Advisory Committee (RCSAC) said the revitalisation project aims to provide visitors with a better value for money; experience through with the use of new, innovative and unique displays that enhance the significance of the information portrayed.
"Improved infrastructure will assist with the continuity of the centre and the unique role it plays in facilitating not only our modern scientific researchers but also telling their stories to the public," Cr MacRae said.
"The plans have been done in consultation with Qld Museum, Uni of NSW, DES (UNESCO World Heritage), RSCAC and other stakeholders, and I am confident that it will be a magnificent addition to the regions attractions."
The work is expected to begin later this year and reopen before mid-2020.
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