RFDS museum to upgrade


The Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Broken Hill Outback Heritage Experience will undergo a makeover following a recent funding announcement.

RFDS South Eastern Section (SE) has welcomed a $200,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Creative Capital Program to upgrade the tourism facilities.

RFDSSE Head of Tourism John Larkin said the funding would ensure the Outback Heritage Experience would remain a must-visit location as well as showcasing the organisations proud history.

“The Outback Heritage Experience is already a leading tourism destination in Broken Hill but this grant will make it a world class cultural exhibition,” he said.

“We are very proud of the Outback Heritage Museum as it has been presented since its establishment in 2009 but we need to upgrade it to ensure it meets the increasing standard of visitors and the local community.”

The grant will allow Broken Hill’s Outback Heritage Experience to install new exhibits, upgrade digital equipment, and create new content to teach a new generation about the RFDS’s life-saving work.

Plans involve an interior fit out of the vintage aeromedical fleet, including interpretation panels and digital displays to relay stories of the service life of the fleet.

The historic Bellman Hangar, previously viewable from an observation deck, will be opened to visitors for an up-close experience and will receive upgrades to lighting and general presentation.

“We would like to thank the NSW Government for recognising the value of this project and helping to ensure the proud history of the Flying Doctor is preserved, and presented to future generations,” Mr Larkin said.

There is also expected be a focus on preservation, digitisation and cataloguing of the vast collection of artefacts, photographs and written material the RFDSSE has in its possession.

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