Latest Industry News & Events May, 2021
AUSTRALIAN STOCKMAN'S HALL OF FAME AND OUTBACK HERITAGE CENTRE TO MAKE A CRACKING RETURN
The quintessential Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre — Australia's only museum dedicated to the little-recognised heroes of the outback — will be reopening its doors this April and has a range of new immersive experiences under its belt. Since its opening in 1988, The Stockman’s Hall of Fame has welcomed over 1 million visitors.
After undergoing a $15 million transformation designed by creative technology company Art Processors, to enhance its levels of interactivity and immersiveness, the Centre is set to cast a new light on the stories of First Nations people, jackaroos, jillaroos, drovers, shearers, pastoralists, hawkers, flying doctors, inventors, pioneers, settlers, and their respective roles in shaping the story of the Australian landscape.
Visitors will be able to experience bold and thought-provoking adventures by way of cinematic storytelling and unique encounters told through the voices of the people who have bestowed the outback with its character.
At the heart of the newly-designed galleries is a location-aware immersive audio guide, which will be integrated with the exhibits to put the visitor in the centre of the story being told. This is being provided with the aim of creating a more personalised and meaningful experience for visitors as opposed to simply walking through and wading through large chunks of informative text.
A major new exhibit called 'Gone Drovin’' will take visitors down the legendary travelling stock routes that drovers took to get their livestock to market, featuring tales of instinct, skill, grit, determination, and luck.
According to Art Processors Co-founder and Creative Director, Tony Holzner, the transformation of the Centre will “capture the imagination of travellers to central Queensland looking for a more authentic and meaningful outback experience.”
“We have completely transformed the Centre’s permanent galleries, pushing the boundaries of storytelling and experiential design to uncover and celebrate the many diverse voices of regional Australia,” he maintains.
“This is just the starting point — our technology platform will allow the Hall of Fame to add new voices and perspectives as they continue to reach out to regional communities, making sure there’s always new stories for visitors to come back to.”
More information: stockmanshalloffame.com.au
MOTORHEADS STEP RIGHT UP FOR THE PAMBULA MOTORFEST
The non-for-profit Pambula Motorfest is set to take place on the Sapphire Coast this September. With hundreds of cars, trucks, bikes, boats, tractors and anything else with a motor on display, the festival will aim to raise funds for the Bega Valley community. Local charities and schools will use the funds to rebuild the community after battling drought, bushfires, and COVID-19.
The Motorfest is an all ages event with over 300 exhibits and various activities including a Swap Meet, Trade Fair, lawn mower racing, trash and treasure, rocker cover racing, Kids Zone, Food Frolic, locally made products and crafts. There will also be a street cruise on Saturday 25th from 11am with different entrants vehicles driving around Pambula and Merimbula.
Where: Pambula Sporting Complex – Pumbila Peach Road, Pambula NSW 2548
When: 10am Sunday 26th September with an entrants cruise and BBQ on 11am Saturday 25th
Cost: $15 Adults, Children under 16 free and free parking on site
More information: pambulamotorfest.com
WILPENA POUND RESORT A WIN FOR NRMA
After months of careful negotiations with resort owners Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA), and the South Australian government, NRMA Parks and Resorts has secured the management contract for the iconic Indigenous-owned Wilpena Pound Resort.
The latter sits at the heart of South Australia's Flinders Rangers and is the sole source of accommodation set within an area regarded as one of South Australia’s most significant natural assets. Located approximately 430km north of Adelaide, The Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is a vast landscape best recognised by its natural amphitheatre, Ikara — or Wilpena Pound — and is home to South Australia’s largest mountain range. The Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park dates some 800 million years and includes some of the most spectacular scenery and important ancient geology in South Australia.
The historic property became part of the NRMA Parks and Resorts collection effective April 1, 2021. The contract secures Wilpena Pound Resort as NRMA’s second holiday park in South Australia — the first being Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park.
Wilpena Pound Resort offers visitors guests a first-hand, personal experience of the ancient landscape, delivered through the perspective of the region’s Traditional Owners — the Adnyamathanha people. Many Adnyamathanha people are employed at Wilpena Pound Resort, and each of the experiences on offer are led by an Indigenous guide. These standards are upheld with the aim of preserving and promoting information about local Indigenous history and culture.
NRMA Parks and Resorts CEO Paul Davies affirms that the agreement is a major win for the company following extensive talks with the IBA, ATLA, and the South Australian Government.
“We see the addition of Wilpena Pound Resort as a natural fit for NRMA Parks and Resorts which offers guests front row seats to some of Australia’s most important and astounding natural attractions,” Mr Davies said.
“For us it’s a real chance to take this historic property into an exciting new era, while helping to safeguard the cultural heritage of the Adnyamathanha people,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to working with the regional community as well as local suppliers to deliver a new and exciting experience of the Flinders Ranges for our guests.”
More information: nrmaparksandresorts.com.au
SPINIFEX GOES ELECTRIC
The team at Spinifex Caravans are of the belief that generators will soon be a thing of the past. This belief is backed up by Spinifex's new Safiery 48V battery system that will power a caravan totally and will thereby eliminate the need for gas appliances.
Consisting of a combination of Safiery batteries, Victron components and solar panels, the idea for a 48V system was planted when Spinifex customers Paul and Monique suggested the company look at building a caravan that doesn’t use gas.
Instead of the standard 12V system, Spinifex decided to use a 48V system because it was far more efficient in that while batteries are being charged at 48V, an inverter uses 48V to convert to 240V. The 48V power is then lowered to 12V to power everything in a van.
Spinifex has opted to build this system around a 22ft 6in Nomadix family van running 800Ah at 12V via four 48V Canbus batteries alongside a Victron 5000VA inverter charger with 1600 watts of solar on the roof to replenish the system. This system is capable of running air conditioning, an induction cooktop, air fryer, and other appliances simultaneously. An electric hot water system and a diesel heater with a Bushman 285L compressor fridge have been selected to top out the package.
For less-than-ideal weather, Safiery's in-vehicle charger and the sun is not running the solar to capacity, Safiery has the answer with their in-vehicle charger — dubbed Scotty — which itself is capable of charging the system alongside the solar component.
To put this system to the test, the Spinifex team installed a Scotty unit on a Dodge Ram 2500 using a standard alternator with no modifications on another full electric van they are working on that runs the same system. At idle the vehicle charge from the Scotty was putting in 1500W. This ramped up to 3000W at a fast idle, with another 800W from the solar thrown in whilst driving. An hour or so down the road, the batteries were fully charged.
NEW HOT SPRINGS SET TO OPEN IN EAST GIPPSLAND THIS SUMMER
Award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs Group has joined forces with East Gippsland tourism operators Adrian and Rachel Bromage to build a new hot springs in the Gippsland suburb of Metung. A 3.5 hour drive from Melbourne, the hot springs will become a major addition for the region, particularly in the colder months as visitors to the area are enticed to lengthen their stay.
Being in talks with Peninsula Hot Springs Group since 2012, the project has been a long-time dream for Rachel and Adrian. With recent funding from the East Gippsland bushfire economic recovery grant, the project has been able to commence. It is expected to produce 35 jobs when up and running, with an additional 25 set to be created during the construction phase. The development aims to promote “environmental regeneration and sustainability.”
The initial $6M construction stage will feature a hot springs bathing area, a glamping village, and a 19 hole golf course, with the second stage including a hot springs hotel, a bathing valley, a marina with pools, and saunas with a view over Lake King.
The region is expected to receive a $300 million economic flow from the project, garnering strong State and Federal government support. Set to open this summer, the centre will showcase the beauty of the Gippsland environment.