Visitor information centre officially opened

Member for Wagga, Daryl Maguire with Lockhart Historical Society president Heather Trevaskis at the opening of Lockhart’s visitor information centre on Friday. PHOTO: Rebekah LubkeIn front of a small crowd of dedicated volunteers, the Member for Wagga, Daryl Maguire opened Lockhart Shire Council’s new visitor information centre on Friday.

The centre is located in the Green Gunyah Museum and will help tourism to continue to develop in the shire.

In his opening address Mr Maguire said “Through the (Green Gunyah) museum, history is being preserved and made available for younger generations to see and value.”

He added that Lockhart had a wonderful history that was worth preserving to share with others.

Mr Maguire also encouraged the historical society to apply for grants to digitally protect the shire’s historical records, which have twice been damaged by flood waters in 2010 and 2012.

He said he would do his utmost to ensure the grant was delivered once the paperwork had been completed.

The establishment of the centre was funded by the Lockhart Shire Council after expressions of interest to host the new centre were invited with further improvements planned.

Council has recently developed new promotional materials which will be used by the volunteers at the centre to guide visitors around the district.

Lockhart Historical Society president Heather Trevaskis said there had been an appeal for residents to volunteer for the museum and the information centre.

With 25 volunteers coming forward, it means the society is able to operate the museum and information centre seven hours a day, five days a week which is up from the previous three days a week.

Mrs Trevaskis said the volunteers realised the benefit to the town of having the centre and the museum – with flow-on effects which will benefit the shire.

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