TAMWORTH Regional councillors have paid tribute to the “superb” volunteers at the Powerstation Museum in approving a strategic plan to secure its future.
The plan will act as a guiding document to support the museum’s activities and include how to improve visitor experience, provide skills development for volunteers, and increase awareness and celebration of the collection.
Deputy mayor Russell Webb said the Powerstation Museum wouldn’t be what it was without the volunteers.
“We owe them a debt of gratitude for the work that they’ve done and continue to do,” Cr Webb said.
“In the future, this will be a very important museum – I think it will be a lot more wonderful in another couple of generations’ time, when people go there to see what was.
“If you look back to when those street lights were lit, Tamworth was ahead of the pack – and I have to say it’s a trend that has continued on.”
Cr Mark Rodda said he looked forward to preserving a “marvellous” part of Tamworth’s history
“I have to acknowledge the superb involvement of the knowledgeable volunteers,” Cr Rodda said.
“I wish there was some way we could preserve them as well, because we are all getting older and in the future we’re going to lose some of that knowledge.”
Cr Phil Betts said it was “absolutely paramount” the community preserve and embrace the Powerstation Museum.
“This community hasn’t got a beach, we haven’t got a Uluru, we haven’t got snow-covered mountains – we have had to generate our own tourism and vibrancy,” Cr Betts said.
“I can remember as a young fellow coming to the Festival of Light, where the community used to celebrate and have a parade down the street – it was quite awe inspiring for a little bloke from Kootingal.”