The new Waltzing Matilda Centre was revealed in an official opening last month.
The outback town of Winton is home to Queensland’s iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre, inspired by Banjo Paterson’s Australian anthem, “Waltzing Matilda”.
After devastating fire damage in 2015, the newly rebuilt $22 million Waltzing Matilda Centre will lead the Western Queensland community into a new and exciting journey of tourism and historical significance.
The centre was originally built as a tribute to the famous Australian poet, with the bush ballad that became immortalised in Australian culture.
A key requirement of the new project had to reflect the iconic status of bush poetry in Australia, particularly in Winton where “Waltzing Matilda” was first performed in public at the North Gregory Hotel.
Under the appointment of the Winton Shire Council, Cox Rayner has redesigned the centre with digital and educational interactive features.
Following the official opening of the Centre, celebrations were marked with Winton’s “Way Out West Fest: Celebrating Waltzing Matilda”.
This ran across a four-day music festival, bringing together artists from country, pop, rock and blues, with singer Jessica Mauboy headlining the first event.
Umow Lai’s collaboration with Winton Shire Council and other organisations in the project team engaged with Peak Services, Cox Architecture, RPS, Bligh Tanner, Resonate Consultants, McKenzie Group and Rider Levett Bucknall in delivering extensive building amenities.
“Umow Lai is excited and honoured to partake in the redevelopment and opening of such an iconic and robust Australian facility. We worked closely with Winton Shire Council to ensure that the Centre captured our distinctive Australian landscape, through experiential design,” Umow Lai Project Leader and Senior Electrical Engineer, John Zunker said.
Services provided include mechanical, electrical, communications, security, audiovisual, fire services and hydraulics, by the respective organisations involved with the multi-million dollar development.
The late Mayor “Butch” Lenton said the start of the restoration had given the whole town a lift, after nearly the entire centre was destroyed.
Butch was instrumental in redeveloping the Waltzing Matilda Centre.
The public will have the opportunity to visit the new museum and art gallery in Winton, which has already drawn crowds of 6,000 people to the outback town.