Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss
Megafauna Central Nearing Completion
Victor P Taffa
$4.26 Million Alcoota Megafauna display, part of the Northern Territory Government’s revitalisation of the Alice Springs CBD, is nearing completion, with the finishing touches being installed in the next fortnight.
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said that the Alcoota Megafauna display will be an exciting new tourism product that will provide an important boost to local jobs and the tourism industry.
“This is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to learn about a key part of Central Australia’s history.” Minister Moss said.
“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.”
Member for Namatjira, Chansey Paech said as many as 9,000 extraordinary 8 Million year old fossils recovered from the Alcoota fossil beds will be housed within Megafauna Central, with a smaller portion moved into the display at various times.
“I’m sure visitors will be excited to see the giant Dromornis replica which gives you a real sense of the enormity of these creatures.” Mr. Paech said.
“I encourage everyone to come to the official opening of Megafauna Central on Thursday 5 July, from 3 pm. It’s going to be a very exciting display.”
Megafauna Central is a purpose built fitout that will also house other local collections including Finlayson Collection 2,900 historical mammals’ specimens, the Entomology collection 16,000 insects and Modern fauna collection 800 specimens.
Megafauna Central display is free and will be open from10 am-4 pm, Mondays-Sundays and will have a number of public programs for all ages.