Member for Murray Austin Evans has welcomed $50,000 in NSW Government funding for the fit-out of the Deniliquin Aero Club Aviation Museum.
Mr Evans said the museum will display collections currently held in storage and will tell the story of the social, economic and cultural influence the RAAF No. 7 Service Flying Training School had on shaping the Deniliquin community.
“The project will re-purpose the passenger terminal at Deniliquin Airport and preserve the cultural heritage of the regional community by telling stories of those who served in RAAF No.7 Service Flying Training School,” Mr Evans said.
“It will honour all men and women who served at the No.7 Service Flying Training School and will serve as a memorial to the 50 young men who were killed during training over 70 years ago”.
Museum Coordinators Marg Jefferies and Denise Thomas are absolutely thrilled to receive this funding.
They said it will allow the Deniliquin Aero Club project team to present the No.7 Service Flying Training School collections in a professional way that blends with the interpretive story telling strategy of the Deniliquin Airport Heritage project.
Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the project is funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 infrastructure grants program.
“Over $50 million in Clubgrants infrastructure funding is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.
“These grants are funded through a rebate on the state’s registered clubs’ gaming machines to reinvest profits back into community projects.
Mr Toole said the NSW Government is pleased to provide this funding which is delivering modern facilities so local communities across NSW can enjoy a wider range of cultural experiences.
“We improved the program in 2017 by giving community organisations more chances to apply for a wider range of projects,” he said.
“New funding ranges are encouraging more diverse projects, and a streamlined application process is cutting red tape and allowing for faster assessment.”