Megafauna Central Opened By Minister

Megafauna Central Opened By Minister

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss

Megafauna Comes To Life In Alice Springs CBD

Victor P Taffa

A key part of the Northern Territory Government’s $20 Million revitalisation of the Alice Springs CBD is Alcoota Megafauna Central and will officially be opened today, providing a boost to local jobs and the Central Australian tourism industry.

Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said Megafauna Central is a new and exciting tourism product to Alice Springs, with 8-Million-year-old fossils from Central Australia on display in the one location for the first time.

 

“Opening of Megafauna Central represents a unique and first of its kind tourism experience that was promised and has been delivered by the Northern Territory Government.” Minister Moss said.

“During construction and into operation it has provided an important boost to local jobs and the tourism industry and will be a great opportunity for locals and visitors to learn about a key part of Central Australia’s history.”

Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield said Megafauna Central will provide an exciting insight into how prehistoric animals may have looked millions of years ago.

“Old Westpac building, on Todd Mall has been transformed and will display the 3m tall Dromornis replica, the world’s largest flightless bird, and a new 3D printed Baru replica, giant crocodile skeleton.” Ms. Wakefield said.

“Standing next to the giant Dromornis and new 3D printed Baru giant crocodile skeleton, really helps you to understand the sheer size of these animals.”

Megafauna Central brings the unique megafauna of Central Australia from the Alcoota Scientific Reserve, into Alice Springs CBD for the community and visitors to see, explore and interact with.

Member for Namatjira, Chansey Paech said the Alcoota Fossil Beds, located approximately 200 km north east of Alice Springs near the Engwala community, contain thousands of vertebrate fossils from the late Miocene era, which are approximately 6 to 8 Million years old.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Engwala community so they can share their stories of the fossils.” Mr. Paech said.

Dr. Adam Yates, Museum and Art Gallery of the NT Paleantologist said Megafauna, which simply means ‘big animal’ are not dinosaurs, although similarly some are very large and were reptiles.

“Megafauna are too recent to be dinosaurs, the last of which died out more than 66 Million years ago. Like the dinosaurs, most of the Australian megafauna is extinct. Only a few of the largest kangaroo species and the saltwater crocodile can be counted as surviving.” Dr. Yates said.

Megafauna Central display is FREE and open every day from 10 am-4 pm. Public programs will be available for all ages.