HOPE FOR CENTRE: Cr Vaughn Becker presents Senator Sue Boyce with a plan of the proposed Leichhardt Centre, Banana Shire Mayor Ron Carige and Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd have also put their support behind the centre. Photo Rebecca Hafner / Central Telegraph
HOPE FOR CENTRE: Cr Vaughn Becker presents Senator Sue Boyce with a plan of the proposed Leichhardt Centre, Banana Shire Mayor Ron Carige and Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd have also put their support behind the centre. Photo Rebecca Hafner / Central Telegraph Rebecca Hafner

Leichhardt centre steps forward

TAROOM is hoping to become a one stop shop for Ludwig Leichhardt enthusiasts.

Councillor Vaughn Becker told Central Telegraph he hoped the development of a Leichhardt Centre in Taroom would be a unique stop along the Leichhardt trail.

"It is my belief that this should be done once and done properly," Cr Becker said.

"My feeling is whatever town gets this and does it properly will be the town with the Leichhardt Centre."

The idea for the Leichhardt Centre hatched from the town's passion for the explorer that put their town on the map.

"We believe the achievements of Leichhardt probably haven't been recognised as well as they could or given the respect it should, especially along the actually route," Cr Becker said.

"Following community consultation and a recent survey that Taroom District Development Association carried out the concept of a Leichhardt Centre was put forward.

"It was very, very well received, in fact about 92% of survey respondents saw it as a project we should pursue.

"The concept is the former Taroom Shire Council Chambers, which is now just operating as a service centre, to be renovated and converted into the Leichhardt Centre."

Cr Becker said the Leichhardt Centre would go beyond being just a museum.

"This is a tribute to Leichhardt and to highlight his achievements and what he did," he said.

"I think it goes past just being a museum I think it will be a combination of a museum, an interruptive centre, a learning centre and a tribute to what he achieved.

"It will be something higher than a museum."

The centre took another step forward this week with Cr Becker meeting with the German Embassy, German Consul and friends of Leichhardt.

"I did get to make a presentation to them last week about the Leichhardt Centre," Cr Becker said.

"The German Ambassador will be taking it to a meeting in Berlin next Thursday and then will be having a meeting with some people from Leichhardt's home town."

Cr Becker said the Centre has received a great amount of support and hoped that would continue throughout the campaign.


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