M'boro City Hall may become science and education centre

PLANS to temporarily turn Maryborough's City Hall in to a $2 million science and education centre have gained momentum with in-principal approval granted.

Councillor Chris Loft addressed fellow councillors last week and outlined his plans for the usually empty building.

"It went very well and councillors have accepted it in principal," he said.

"We will be going to a formal meeting on May 7 here in Maryborough."

That meeting is expected to decide the future of the exhibition.

Cr Loft discovered the idea when he visited Perth earlier this year.

Perth's Scitech centre features more than 100 hands-on exhibits.

Although much smaller than Perth's version, Cr Loft said Maryborough's exhibition would bring needed people and money to the CBD when it was installed.

"We look like getting it here mid-June, but ready for the school holidays and through to the end of January - that's what we've proposed," he said.

"Conservatively, 30,000 people into the CBD over that seven-month period."

Cr Loft is under final negotiations with the supplier.

He said tickets for entry to the $2 million exhibition would be sold through the Brolga Theatre.

"It'll be a fair price for families - we're well aware of the socioeconomics around here but we expect to pull people in from the Bundaberg region, out west and Gympie," he said.

"It doesn't cost us $2 million - it'll be cost neutral."

Depending on the success of the first exhibition, Cr Loft hoped to bring more to the region.

"It's a long term project," he said.

"May 7th you'll see the tick of approval by council - that's what I'm hoping for."



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