Wentworth Military Collection


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Business Case Funding Secured for Wentworth's Military Museum and Discovery Centre.

The Wentworth Military Collection is proud to announce that it has been successful in its application to the Department of Regional NSW for
funding of $53,262.00 for the completion of the Business Case and Strategy Development for the proposed $34M establishment of a purpose built Military Museum and Discovery Centre at the newly upgraded Wentworth Aerodrome.

This is a world-class concept and development that has been drafted over the past five years. It is designed to attract greater visitations to the region, encouraging economic growth, provide a state of the art learning facility and immersive experience, while preserving our nation's
military history for generations to come.

The Wentworth Military Collection's President Russell James said, "Through this funding the collection has employed the experience of Lori Modde of Visitor Economy Development and Lorick Management to complete the project's Business Case. Lori has been involved in the development of some of regional and outback NSW's most iconic projects including the Darling River Run and most recently Sturt's Steps."

"It is a privilege to have Lori working with us again in our part of the world and assisting us with such a defining project for our region. We are very excited to see our vision for our purpose-built Museum and Discovery Centre taking shape, to expand our Marching Matilda Experience and provide a multi-purpose facility that can be utilised by the greater community." Mr James said.

Visitor Economic Development's General Manager, Lori Modde said "investment in tourism is incredibly important to support the sustainability of regional communities. Projects like this have the potential to engage community, their visiting friends and relatives, tourists, education groups and social groups, providing an economic return that supports employment and many businesses in a regional area."

This project will provide benefit to neighbouring Local Government Areas with a formal military trail being created to generate visitations
through Balranald to Wentworth and Broken Hill in NSW while supporting key places of military interest across border regions including Mildura, Red Cliffs, Robinvale and Swan Hill.

Wentworth Military Collection president Russell James, Department of Regional SW economic and development co-ordination manager Hodi Beauliv, Visitor Economic Development general manager Lori Modde. Photo by Ben Gross - Sunraysia Daily

The new establishment is anticipated to provide employment and skilled training opportunities to both the community and local schools while
complimenting the ongoing projects of the Wentworth Aerodrome upgrade and Bruce Munro's "Light State" installation.
"We embrace the support and belief that the NSW Government has in our project and the dedication to seeing such projects and visions as ours being established in regional NSW.

We have the responsibility to deliver a quality and sustainable project for our region, while providing accurate historic information as a military museum, with the respect demanded as a tribute and memorial to those that have served our nation through reflection, remembrance, peace and resolution.

History is the greatest gift that we can share with our next generation, as we need to know where we have come from to understand and
determine our future.

It is through the financial contribution of the NSW Government that we are achieving this." Mr James concluded.
The funding received is administered by the Department of Regional NSW Business Case and Strategic Development fund, part of the $3.3
billion Regional Growth Fund, the NSW Government's ongoing commitment to supporting our regions in practical and effective ways and giving local organisations the resources to deliver exactly what their communities need.

The Wentworth Military Collection will have their Business Case and Strategy Development completed by 31 March 2024