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Published on : Monday, January 4, 2016
More than $66,000 has been provided to the precinct for interpretive signage under the 2015-2016 Regional Museums Grant Support Program.
“This project deserves the injection of funding as it will provide for a much more enjoyable and informative visitor experience at the precinct,” Arts and Museums Minister and Member for Daly Gary Higgins said.
“The precinct displays a lot of original pieces from the rail line built in the 1880s to service the Pine Creek goldfields. Adelaide River itself is rich with Territory history and the precinct is a terrific place for locals and visitors to learn about an integral part of our past.”
The Regional Museums Grant Support Program funding is available annually to assist eligible organisations to develop projects which will benefit their museum, meet recognised museum standards, be accessible to the public and able to be completed within the year.
Friends of the North Australia Railway Committee Member Dr Robyn Smith said the grant for the Adelaide River Railway Heritage Precinct is of great help to the interpretive signage project.
“We have hundreds of exhibits in the precinct and at present they’re marked by hand-written signs held in place by duct tape, which is less than ideal,” Dr Smith said.
“Now we can erect permanent signage on exhibits relating to the North Australia Railway, the overland telegraph line and World War II.
“This is manna from heaven for us,” she said.