Work has kicked off on Qantas Founders Museum’s $11.3 million Luminescent Longreach Stage 1: Airpark Roof Project.
Contractor Watpac has begun placing the footings for a 8072sq m roof structure, with this initial work expected to be completed by the end of this month.
The roof will cover the museum’s aircraft, including a Boeing 747, Boeing 707, Catalina Flying Boat and Super Constellation.
Once the footings are in place, prefabrication of the main structure of the roof will continue offsite so as to not disrupt the museum’s busier months of visitation from May to September 2019.
From late September 2019 major work will commence onsite with completion of the roof structure expected in May 2020.
The $11.3 million Stage 1 project is fully funded by the Australian Government.
Stage 2 of the project will include the construction of a walkway around the aircraft and light and sound show night experience.
Once both Stage 1 and 2 are completed, Qantas Founders Museum is expected to increase its visitor numbers by 33 per cent.