Umow Lai is delighted to have the opportunity to provide a range of services for Winton’s famous Waltzing Matilda Centre that is being rebuilt following a devastating fire in 2015.“We are working with Cox Architecture as a member of the project team to rebuild the Centre. This is a part of our European cultural heritage that resonates with many Australian and overseas visitors and a place that will also provide an economic boost to the Winton community,” notes Chris Anderson, an Associate and Mechanical Engineer in the firm’s Brisbane office.Following its destruction by fire in June 2015 and with a strong push from the local community, planning for a new Centre got underway. Over the past year, various fundraising campaigns were held and aided by an injection of $8M of Federal government money under their Stronger Regions program, the plans are becoming a reality.

The Minister for Regional Development, Senator Fiona Nash, commented that the funding was part of her interest in making regional areas places where people wanted to stay. “I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and quality local infrastructure is a big part of that,” she said.

Western Queensland’s Winton’s Waltzing Matilda Centre pays homage to poet AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson’s 1895 ballad. When completed, it will include interactive displays and memorabilia, some of which have been restored since the fire.