Kevin Humphries


Sunday, 10 March 2019

Kevin Humphries is pleased to announce the iconic mining town of Lightning Ridge will have a world renowned Opal Tourism Centre to showcase the unique gemstones found exclusively in outback NSW.

Funding for the first stage of a new Australian Opal Centre (AOC), costing $20 million, will consist of a $9.5 million commitment from the Federal Government; $7.5 million from the NSW Government; $2 million from Walgett Shire Council; and $1 million from community and industry.

“It takes vision to build something that will put Lightning Ridge under the international spotlight but it also takes a government capable of backing its local community with funding to make it a reality,” Kevin Humphries said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the facility will leverage the destination’s position as the world’s major producer of black opals, and one of the most significant fossil sites in the world.
“Regional NSW is full of tourism gems and none more iconic than Lightening Ridge,” Mr Barilaro said.

“People love Australia’s unique opal gemstones and they will be drawn from across Australia and the world to visit what will be a magnificent tourism centre.”

“The NSW Nationals in government have focussed on getting the budget in the black so we can invest in significant projects that drive growth in our regional communities.

“The produce and commodities grown and extracted in regional NSW give our state the economic foundation to succeed and it is only the NSW Nationals that will continue to give back to those communities.

“Projects like the Australian Opal Centre would simply be left on the shelf to gather dust if Labor got its hands on the cheque book,” Mr Barilaro said.

The new centre will increase the AOC’s ability to attract visitors to the region show-casing the world's premier public collection of opal gemstones, fossils and other opal-related artefacts as well as providing education and training services, certification services and a luxury opal trading centre -- all of it housed in an iconic building that will itself prove a tourist attraction.

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