Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Norman Moore
New Dump Truck Exhibit Breathes New Life into Revamped Mining Hall
Victor P Taffa
An Australian-first exhibit of a 793 C Dump Truck was unveiled in Kalgoorlie-Boulder today by Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore.
Mr. Moore officially opened the Australian Prospectors and Mining Hall of Fame exhibit, which allows visitors to climb into the cab of the 793 C Dump Truck.
“Today’s launch is a major milestone for the Mining Hall of Fame and landmarks a significant turning point in the future of this unique facility.” the Minister said.
“This exhibit offers an experience usually restricted to mining industry workers.”
“It will give visitors the chance to interact with one of the mining sector’s biggest pieces of equipment and will arguably be Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s biggest tourist attraction.” Mr. Moore said.
Earlier this year, Hall of Fame Chief Executive Officer Andrew Govey revealed the tourist facility faced serious financial difficulties and needed emergency funding to stay afloat.
In February, the Minister raised the idea of a rescue package with the State Government and last month it delivered on its pledge to provide one-off funding for the facility.
“Only last month I was here in Kalgoorlie-Boulder to announce the State Government’s provision of $290,000 in emergency funding.” Mr. Moore said.
“Private industry matched the Government’s contribution and it is sincerely hoped that the boost will help ensure the Hall of Fame’s long term sustainability.”
“This funding has allowed the Hall of Fame to continue its program of re-invigoration and complete exhibits such as the one we are opening today.” Mr. Moore said.
“This is a significant achievement given the difficulties the organisation has faced.”
“The Hall of Fame is a unique facility that gives visitors a hands-on learning experience of mining activities in Australia. This new exhibit will further enhance that experience.” Mr. Moore said.