Historic Museum Reopens Enhancing Cultural Trail

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A particularly historic event will wrap up Local Government Week celebrations in the Tweed this Saturday, when the multi-million dollar, three-year project to upgrade Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah is officially unveiled.

The NSW Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Troy Grant MP, and the Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Barry Longland, will officially open the restored and expanded century-old building during a small ceremony.

The museum exhibitions will then be open for the public to view from 12.30pm to 3pm.

“This will be a fantastic conclusion to Local Government Week activities in Tweed Shire,” Cr Longland said.

“The museum has been closed to the public since 2011 while the extensive upgrade and extension had been undertaken to give the area a truly first-class display space to tell the story of the Tweed’s heritage.

“It is fitting that the ceremony at the Queensland Road building will be held just before an iconic tradition in Murwillumbah, the Tweed Valley Banana Festival street parade, passes by its front door.”

The facility’s regular opening hours will begin on Sunday 31 August, with the museum open seven days a week during a trial period to determine the best operating hours. Opening hours from 31 August to 30 November will be Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday to Sunday 11am – 3pm.

Cr Longland said the upgrade, restoring the 1915 building to its former glory and creating a spacious modern display area, further enhanced the area’s cultural trail for visitors.

“The Margaret Olley Art Centre at Tweed Regional Gallery has proven to be incredibly popular with visitors, and the improved museum will be another high-quality attraction to bring and keep people in the area,” he said.

“This is another exciting initiative to boost activity in the Tweed, as Council works with the community to achieve the objectives of the Council’s Economic Development Strategy.”

Local Government Week is an initiative of Local Government NSW to increase community awareness of the broad range of programs and services provided by local government.

This year’s activities in the Tweed kicked off with the 2014 Living for the Future Home Expo, which attracted hundreds of people to Tweed Heads Civic Centre on Saturday 23 August. Activities also included tours of Tweed Regional Gallery and the Margaret Olley Art Centre, bushland walks, library workshops, a South Sea Islander celebration and a Timescape event at Banora Point Community Centre for people aged over 50.

Fifty-five Tweed residents were welcomed as new Australian citizens during a ceremony at Tweed Heads Civic Centre today.

For further information about Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah visit: www.museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au

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