THE Queensland government announced today that it would give the Queensland Maritime Museum a financial boost.
Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said the museum would receive $600,000 in funding to continue its work.
“This one-off financial commitment will help the museum with its operational costs and high-priority maintenance projects so it can continue to be enjoyed by many thousands of visitors every year,” she said.
Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland government, through Arts Queensland, would provide funding over three years to 2019-20 to ensure the museum could continue to tell the story of Queensland’s maritime history.
“More than 60,000 maritime and nautical objects are on site for visitors and locals to enjoy, including the former Royal Australian Navy frigate Diamantina, the state’s last remaining steam tug, Forceful, and the yacht Ella’s Pink Lady, in which Queenslander Jessica Watson OAM became the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world in 2009-10,” Ms Enoch said.
Queensland Maritime Museum chair Angela Tillmanns said the funding would ensure a strong future for the institution.
“We welcome this Queensland government investment, which will allow us to inspire our visitors and help them understand how Queensland developed through our maritime history and stories,” she said.
As part of the agreement, the maritime museum will work with the Queensland Museum Network to explore future collaborations.
Queensland Museum Network chair David Conry said they were looking forward to working with the Museum on opportunities to support the preservation and celebration of Queensland’s maritime history.
“This exciting new partnership will ultimately seek to deliver enhanced experiences for Queenslanders so they can further discover the museum’s diverse collection,” he said.
The Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition War at Sea – the Navy in WWI is currently at the Queensland Maritime Museum until April.
The exhibition tells the stories of Australian sailors through rare personal artefacts, and explores the mystery of what happened to Australia’s first submarine, which disappeared on patrol in 1914.