The Federal Labor Government today announced it would contribute $4 million towards the construction of a new Regional Museum and Cultural Square in Orange.
The precinct will reflect the unique identity of the Central West and will provide a major educational hub for the region which receives around half a million visitors each year.
The new museum will feature a 200 square metre entry lobby and tourist information centre, a cafe and retail facilities, 515 square metres of exhibition space, a loading dock and an administration office.
The Orange Regional Museum will become a major learning centre for the region, linking to nearby schools and communities.
Together the new museum and adjoining Cultural Square will give the community an opportunity to celebrate the region’s local culture and rich Aboriginal heritage.
This project is a good example of the real benefits of targeted, long-term investment in regional communities.
Overall, the project will support over 30 local jobs during construction and 26 full time jobs once the space is complete.
This project will also stimulate economic development for local businesses by attracting more visitors to the area.
Funding for the Orange Regional Museum and Cultural Square is being provided through Round Four of the Regional Development Australia Fund.