Friday 24 July, 2020
One small step for man and a huge leap for Tamworth’s $1.8 million Regional Astronomy and Science Centre as framework goes up on the new centre.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson along with members of the Tamworth Regional Astronomy Club and the community came out to inspect the progress of this exciting new facility.
Mr Anderson said it was great to see this fantastic project growing before our eyes.
“I want to congratulate the Tamworth Regional Astronomy Club for their commitment to this unique world class facility that will be a draw card for budding star gazers, provide educational opportunities for students and promote Tamworth across the universe for researchers and astronomers.
“It’s expected to be completed by November and hopefully by then we will be able to welcome astronomy enthusiasts from far and wide.
Tamworth Regional Council Deputy Mayor Phil Betts and key driver of the project said that it was exciting to see the plans for the new centre become a reality.
“The first class facility will include a new observatory with a roll-off roof to house large telescopes, a second observatory also with a roll off roof, to house a historic telescope, a planetarium and an education space for hands-on science programs. The astronomy club will also be able to house their vast collection of astronomy equipment.
“The Centre will be a huge drawcard for visitors and provide a real boost to our economy - they stay in local accommodation, they buy from local shops, they visit local cafes and eateries and enjoy other local tourist attractions.
“This project received $1.8 million from the NSW Government Regional Growth environment and tourism fund and has helped create local jobs during what has been a very difficult time for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Mr Anderson concluded.