Plans of an interactive mining museum in Western Australia – designed by former State architect Steve Woodland – has been revealed.
The proposed $100 million project is said to include an actual mine shaft and, once completed, the museum is expected to attract international and interstate visitors to the State.
Mr Woodland believes that this project can be built utilising both private and public funds, and be located in the old East Perth power station or on the Burswood Peninsula. He also believes that the museum can be built in time for the State’s 2029 bicentenary.
“The Museum of Mining WA could offer experiences like no other in the world. Immersive technologies can transport the visitor into the mining arena, where they can witness the sounds and shocks of a mining explosion, rode a subterranean train into the depths of the earth, be submersed below oil rig rich in marine life and drive a Haulpak truck by remote control.
“It would be a unique fusion of learning and entertainment – a globally renowned, must-see destination,” Mr Woodland said.
Artist impression of the Museum of Mining WA (Source: Perth Now)
According to Mr Woodland, the proposed museum can act as an educational facility that will help children understand and learn WA’s history, land and industriousness. He added that the Museum of Mining WA can be a place of discovery and joy for children which will allow them to engage with the mining industry.
Events and celebrations will also be accommodated in the museum, with a “resource square” that will provide a museum-under-the-sky experience which includes outdoor exhibits, artworks and performance facilities.
“The future of our tourism is dependent on these types of stories and experiences. Visitors expect to see something of us, something that sets us apart.
“The best marketing for tourism lies with unique, compelling, authentic experiences that people take away and share – no amount of advertising and slogans will replace this. The museum would be a potent tourism driver for WA,” Mr Woodland said.
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Source: Perth Now