RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre

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RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre
RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre 01.jpg
Established 24 June 1995
Location Forest Hill, New South Wales
Coordinates 35°08′57″S 147°28′04″E / 35.1492°S 147.4678°E / -35.1492; 147.4678
Type Military museum

RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre (Originally known as the Wagga Wagga RAAF Museum but was officially, RAAF Museum – Wagga Annex[1]) is a heritage centre located at the Wagga Wagga RAAF Base at Forest Hill located approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia on the Sturt Highway.[2] The heritage centre has indoor and outdoor displays of aircraft, memorabilia and photographs relating to the RAAF in the Riverina.

History[edit]

Wagga Wagga RAAF Museum was officially opened in June 1995 from items from the RAAF Base Wagga and items which was donated by the community.[3] The museum was closed in 2001 for refurbishment[2] with the memorabilia temporarily relocated to the Point Cook RAAF museum but plans to reopen the museum were quietly scrapped after the RAAF adopted a new policy in 2003, which stated that the RAAF would only fund RAAF museum at Point Cook.[4][5]

AirCare and Wagga Wagga based newspaper The Daily Advertiser ran a campaign during late September and early October 2008 in an attempt to reverse the Australian Defence Force's decision.[6]

On 13 December 2008, it was announced that the museum will be reopening in 2009. The Air Force would spend A$75,000 completing the refurbishment of the museum building, due to be complete in 2009 sometime.[7]

In May 2009, a public consultation meeting was held to discuss plans for the centre, including the A$130,000 set aside by the Royal Australian Air Force for outfitting the building for a future heritage display.[8]

On 12 March 2010, it was reported that the heritage centre was expected to reopen in Spring 2010, but the official opening date was to be announced at a later date.[9]

On 29 July 2010, Air Marshal Mark Binskin announced at the RAAF Base Wagga 70th anniversary that the heritage centre will open on 15 October 2010.[10] The heritage centre was officially opened on the 12 October 2010 and will open three days a week.[11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Stackpool, Andrew; Curran, LAC Aaron (28 October 2010). "Happy day arrives". Air Force (Canberra: Directorate of Defence Newspapers) 52 (20): 6. 
  2. ^ a b "RAAF Museum". Tourism Wagga Wagga. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  3. ^ Holliday, Rebekah (27 September 2008). "Only photos left". Fairfax Media (The Daily Advertiser). p. 3. 
  4. ^ Holliday, Rebekah (2008-09-18). "Museum in mothballs". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  5. ^ Holliday, Rebekah (2008-09-22). "ADF lied for years". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  6. ^ Holliday, Rebekah (2008-09-30). "Mounting support to save museum". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  7. ^ Holliday, Rebekah (2008-12-15). "RAAF Museum is resurrected". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  8. ^ Kelly, The Hon. Dr Mike (2009-05-08). "Public meeting on Air Force Heritage Centre". Australian Government. Department of Defence. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  9. ^ Holliday, Rebekah (12 March 2010). "Volunteers ‘in the dark’ about RAAF Centre plans". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  10. ^ Higgins, Ben (30 July 2010). "Air force museum to reopen". The Daily Advertiser. 
  11. ^ "RAAF to open Heritage Centre". The Daily Advertiser. 12 October 2010. p. 4. 

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