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Federal Government funds Bert Hinkler Hall of Aviation

John Anderson

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Transport and Regional Services
Leader of the National Party


14th May 2002

The Federal Government will contribute $1.5 million in 2002-03 toward the construction of the Bert Hinkler Hall of Aviation in Bundaberg, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, announced today.

"The Hall of Aviation will be located in the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens. It will house replicas or originals of Bert Hinkler's aircraft, interactive displays, and collected memorabilia," Mr Anderson said.

"Bert Hinkler achieved incredible aviation feats, including the first solo flight from England to Australia in 1928 and the first solo flight across the South Atlantic in 1931.

"The Hall will showcase an important part of Bundaberg's heritage, and will be an important attraction for domestic and international tourists.

"The Member for Hinkler, Paul Neville, has worked extremely hard to make this project a reality, and I want to pay tribute to his efforts on behalf of the city.

"The funding will be available from 1 July, subject to a contribution of $750,000 from the Queensland Government and $375,000 from the Bundaberg City Council," Mr Anderson said.

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