Opinion

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October 17, 2017

The News welcomes letters to the editor.

Support for a new museum

- John Anderson, Shepparton

I read the article in Saturday’s News regarding the transport museum in Shepparton.

I want to lend my strong support for this project.

As the article states, Shepparton has a vital link to transport both in the past and current.

I can see the project at the motor museum could be another factor in putting Shepparton firmly on the tourist route in some ways like the pilgrimage annually to Longreach to the stockman’s hall of fame.

I’m in total support.

Museum is a great concept

- Peter Bicknell, Shepparton Motor Museum chair

The Truck Museum proposal before council is an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often.

This project ticks many boxes for Shepparton.

●It is a chance for us to get significant funding from all levels of government, focused on the one project;

●A significant amount of private funding has been committed by donors in the community;

●It helps us capitalise on our status as one of Australia’s most important transport hubs;

●The Shepparton Motor Museum consistently rates number one on Trip Advisor and a truck museum will lift Shepparton’s transport and museum profile to another level;

●We’re only two hours from Melbourne and the number of visitors to Shepparton could lift significantly;

●It’s a project which is self-sufficient once it’s up and running;

●The solar aspect of the project and the allocation of profits to worthy community groups are both exciting features;

●The truck museum will enhance operations at the motor museum and there will be synergies in managing and operating the two facilities; and

●The Emerald Bank precinct will continue to lift its profile at Shepparton’s main highway entrance.

This is a cascading funding model.

If one level of government says ‘no’, the proposal will not get off the ground.

It’s a real opportunity for Shepparton to be the recipient of some significant government money to fund an exciting project which will otherwise not happen.

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