p style=”text-align: justify”>Local Member and Minister for Regional Services, Catherine King, this morning cut the ribbon on Australia’s newest museum – the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat, known as MADE.
Local Member and Minister for Regional Services, Catherine King, this morning cut the ribbon on Australia’s newest museum – the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat, known as MADE.
“MADE joins other great Australian museums in telling our important stories,” Minister King said.
“It honours the story of Eureka while it helps us to understand a defining moment in Australia’s journey towards democracy.”
“I’m particularly delighted that for the first time in its 159-year-old history, the Flag of the Southern Cross, one of the nation’s most historically significant icons, will be seen by the 120,000 visitors expected each year.”
The Federal Government invested $5 million under the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program into the development of the museum, alongside contributions from both the Victorian Government and the City of Ballarat.
“MADE is an investment in Ballarat’s liveability. Access to arts, cultural heritage and the creative industries greatly contribute to the vitality and identity of a city or region,” said Minister King.
“Importantly, MADE puts education in the spotlight by linking its education program to the national curriculum, available to students everywhere online.”
Minister King said that the museum would bring widespread economic benefits to the region, adding to Ballarat’s list of attractions and increasing the tourism spend in local hotels, shops and businesses.
“The project created 40 jobs during construction and an additional 12 ongoing positions to manage the museum on a daily basis, with a flow on effect of 19 jobs for the Ballarat region,” said Ms King.