THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
Thursday, 9 May 2013
NEW DISPLAY PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON KATHERINE’S VIBRANT HISTORY
Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today officially opened a historical display at the Katherine museum showcasing the region’s rich and vibrant cultural history and its many contributions to the Territory’s development.
“The displays will give locals, domestic and international visitors an opportunity to learn first-hand about the varied historical events that have played a defining role in Katherine’s development,” Mr Snowdon said.
The displays traverse cultural and historical events in the Katherine region including the Wave Hill Walk Off; the handing back of the iconic Nitmiluk National Park to traditional owners; and the hidden World War 2 stories of the Nackeroos – also known as Curtin’s Cowboys – the secret Bush Commandos.
“Knowledge of this kind is valuable. It is hidden in many cases and we are all enriched by its public display.”
The project has been made possible through $50,000 in funding from the Australian Government through the TQUAL Tourism Quality program.
Mr Snowdon said the TQUAL project had been developed in consultation with the Katherine Historical Society, the Museum Advisory Committee, traditional owners and with community members who contributed stories and photographs.
“I am pleased to note that Tindal RAAF base has also contributed.”
Mr Snowdon also thanked the many members of the Katherine community that had contributed to the project.
“I’d like to pay tribute to all those that have been involved in bringing this project to life – this is an opportunity to provide a lasting snapshot into this wonderful part of the country,” Mr Snowdon said.
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