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Winton Shire Council has confirmed a builder to deliver The Waltzing Matilda Centre, home of Australia’s unofficial national anthem. One of North Queensland’s leading building contractors, A. Gabrielli Constructions (AGC), has been selected to construct the iconic project during a Special Meeting of Council on 24 March 2017.
“This is one of the biggest decisions Council has passed since it built the North Gregory Hotel in the 1950’s. I am proud of Council and the community for their passionate contribution and support throughout the building design process to date”, Winton Mayor Butch Lenton said. “The Waltzing Matilda Centre is an iconic Australian attraction. The redevelopment of the Centre is important for our community and raises Winton’s profile as a must visit destination.”
Winton CEO Alan Rayment said, “AGC bring to the project the capability and energy necessary to deliver the Winton community much needed tourism infrastructure. AGC is a prominent Queensland builder. They have demonstrated to Council a genuine mutual appreciation of the significance of what Waltzing Matilda means to all Australians.”
AGC will join the Project Team to begin resurrecting the Centre which was gutted in the blaze on 18 June 2015 and much of its content was incinerated or destroyed by smoke.
The community was devastated but the stoic resilience of staff and volunteers enabled the salvage of many artefacts from the rubble.
The Waltzing Matilda Centre, which featured memorabilia and interactive displays, was built in 1988 to celebrate Winton’s connection to AB “Banjo” Paterson’s famous 1895 song that has become Australia’s unofficial anthem. The new Centre due to be complete in early 2018 will contain a world class museum experience and will attract visitors from across Australia and the World.