Federal Member for Calare and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Andrew Gee visited the Age of Fishes Museum last Friday to make a funding announcement for the Age of Fishes Museum through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
Museum Manager, Anne Clark and her team of volunteers welcome more than 10,000 people from community groups, schools and universities to the museum each year. Mr Gee was proud to announce that the Age of Fishes Museum will receive $21,788 to purchase seven new display stands to showcase the 360 million year old fossils.
These new stands, to be built by a local engineering firm, will provide visitors with a whole new appreciation of the fossils and their significance.
“Currently some of the fossils are on the ground of the Museum and are unsafe,” said Anne Clark Museum Manager.
“We will be engaging Forbes Engineering to make the 7 new stands and hope to have them in two months time,” continued Anne.
“This is a win win for everyone, myself and the Museum are very grateful for the grant. We thank you Mr Gee for understanding the significance of these fossils,” said Anne.
There is a lot planned for the Age of Fishes Museum in the coming months. The Australian Museum will start to move the fossils from the Canowindra Showground to the new storage facility at the Museum in May and Canowindra Public School will be using the Museum as a school classroom in the coming months.