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5 March, 2021


THE OFFICAL opening of Qantas Founders Museum’s new Airpark Roof and Luminescent Longreach Light and Sound Show is this month.

By Emily Blue Richards

The Red and White Gala dinner, scheduled for Friday, March 19, is the official opening of Qantas Founders Museum’s new Airpark Roof and Luminescent Longreach Light and Sound Show. PHOTOS: supplied

THE OFFICAL opening of Qantas Founders Museum’s new Airpark Roof and Luminescent Longreach Light and Sound Show is this month. 

Buchan Senior Associate Anthony Rawson is extremely proud of the finished experience and has found working in Longreach deeply rewarding. 

“It’s a privilege to be working for Qantas Founders Museum in the airline’s centenary year when so much of Qantas’ rich history is being re-told to new generations,” Mr Rawson said. 

Luminescent Longreach is projected under the museum’s new Airpark precinct which includes a Boeing 747, 707, Super Constellation and DC3. 

“Beyond retelling the Founders’ story amongst remarkable aircraft, it has been immensely satisfying to have created a new place for Longreach to host cultural, commercial and entertainment events of many kinds,” he said. 

“Not only do we have a new evening offering for tourists to encourage them to stay another night in our town, but we have also created the QPAC of the outback,” Tony Martin said. 

The Airpark Roof Project and Luminescent Longreach is reportedly a combined $14.3 million dollar project. 

The 8000 square metre Airpark roof was fully funded by the Australian Government through $11.3million, and will protect museum-goers and exhibits from the harsh outback sun. 

Museum Deputy Chair Graeme Wills said the major undertaking elevates the community’s not-for-profit museum to one of the best in the state. 

“It’s an important milestone in our Museum’s development to cater to changing and growing tourism markets while also ensuring the preservation of the Qantas story and the Museum’s precious aircraft,” he said. 

Buchan would like to acknowledge and thank Iningai custodian Suzanne Thompson for her wonderful show-opening narration and Welcome to Country. 

Buchan would also like to “acknowledge and thank John and Ros Moriarty, and Rachel Taylor of Balarinji for working with us on the Wunala Dreaming sequence and granting us permission to use this incredible artwork”. 

The Airpark Roof was designed by NRA-Co-Lab. 

To mark the milestone and completed projects Qantas is holding a red and white gala event in March. 

Gala Goers will enjoy a sit-down event in the Museum’s spectacular enclosure under the new Airpark Roof.  

The Gala will include a three-course dinner of delicious food, speeches by guest speakers and the evening will finish in style with Qantas Founders Museum’s spectacular Luminescent Longreach night experience. 

The event will begin at 6pm and dress code is cocktail with a red and white theme March 19.  

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased through the Qantas Founders Museum’s website: 

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