The new and improved Wheatlands Agricultural Machinery Museum, housing the largest collection of historical machinery in Australia, was officially opened today by Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green.
Secured with a $100,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government, the upgraded museum will see thousands of people flock to Warracknabeal for a piece of agricultural history.
The opening also coincided with the annual Easter Vintage Machinery Rally, now in its 50th year, attracting visitors from all over the region.
In 2015, the Labor Government released a $27 million Drought Support Package aimed at supporting and strengthening communities doing it tough.
Within this package, the Government fast-tracked a number of projects in drought-impacted communities to kick-start economies and support rural communities.
In Yarriambiack Shire, the museum upgrade was identified as the highest priority project for the Warracknabeal and District Historical Society and the Wheatlands Museum Committee.
The $210,000 project includes a redeveloped main entrance area, so visitors now have a modern, functional introduction to Australia’s premier Agricultural Machinery Museum.
The new, larger foyer incorporates a meeting room, archive area, office, kitchen, two accessible toilets, a large display area and a windlock entry with double sliding doors.
These upgrades will ensure the ongoing viability of the museum, which plays an important role in the region’s tourism industry.
Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green
“The Wheatlands Agricultural Machinery Museum offers a unique, historical perspective of our agricultural industry.”
“Since 1963, the Wheatlands Agricultural Machinery Museum has been collecting historical pieces – from old tractors, hay bailers, tractors, to engines – the Museum has something for every farming and historical enthusiast.”
“We fast-tracked this project to support this proud community and its history.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020