History happens at Stockman’s Hall of Fame

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Two iconic Australian organisations have come together to create a vibrant new tourist experience for Queensland.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service will partner with the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame to create an exciting new visitors centre in the famous tourist destination at Longreach.

The exhibition will feature a ‘walk through’ experience based on a typical RFDS aircraft and a number of interactive displays along with radio and medical equipment used in John Flynn’s day, through to the cutting edge communication and medical technology used today.

The new partnership between the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the RFDS is a natural step for two organisations so committed to rural and regional Australia.

RFDS CEO Nino Di Marco said that he was delighted that the RFDS would be working with one of Queensland’s premier tourist destinations in the heartland of the state’s pastoral industry. “We are proud to partner with one of our most loved Bicentennial Projects, and one which has done so much to preserve the history of the settlement of rural and regional Australia,” Mr Di Marco said. “The Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre is an outstanding Queensland destination.”

Mr Di Marco said that Australians had always been drawn to the heart of the continent.

“The wide spaces, vast skies and immense silence that were so alien to early European settlers were soon a very important part of our identity,” he said. “But the beauty of the bush came with a price: accidents and illness in the isolated interior often meant serious illness or death for settlers who lived hundreds of miles from medical help.

“Our founder John Flynn, who is recognised on the Australian $20 note, saw the need to spread a ‘mantle of safety” over the people of the inland, so that the interior of the continent could be settled. His dream was realised in 1928 when the RFDS was born,” Mr Di Marco said.

Eighty three years later, the RFDS continues to be a leading and innovative provider of aeromedical retrievals and specialist rural health care services throughout not only Queensland, but the whole of Australia.

Visitors to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame will be able to learn about both the history and contemporary operations of this unique Australian organisation.

CEO of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Ben Maguire said this was the first time that the Hall of Fame had partnered with another organisation.

“It is a privilege to work with, and to host the RFDS story at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre. Many pioneering stories are touched with incidents and illness, and even today the RFDS service has been integral in the opening up of Australia. The RFDS story has a great fit with Rural Heritage and we know our visitors will enjoy seeing the displays in the 2012 season and beyond," he said.

The task of designing, producing and installing the exhibition has been commissioned to Brandi Projects, a company that began in Queensland in 1988, the same year as the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame opened its doors. Brandi Projects is highly regarded in the industry for their work on various exhibitions over a number of years for many organisations including the Queensland Museum, and is therefore well equipped to deliver a high quality, interesting and interactive display for visitors.

Managing Director Conrad Herwig said that whilst Brandi Projects were no strangers to working in regional Queensland themselves, they stood in awe of the tireless work of the RFDS.

“We are very proud to be working with two great icons of the Australian outback to deliver an experience that will pay tribute to the RFDS, a truly pioneering organisation, in an amazing setting,” he said.

The new display will be ready in time for the start of the 2012 tourist season in central Queensland.

Source = Royal Flying Doctor Service
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