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Big Win for the Waltzing Matilda Centre

The resurrection of the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton was triumphant at the recent Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland’s annual awards night.  Winton Shire Council together with Peak Services came away victorious winning the ‘Best Project over $10 million’ category.

The rebuilding of the Waltzing Matilda Centre was a project of major national significance, funded collaboratively by Winton Shire Council and Queensland and Australian Governments.

Managing the rebuild of the Waltzing Matilda Centre was a career highlight” says Peak Services project manager Brian Jackson, now Director, Asset and Project Services.

Supported by project management principles in the public works arena, delivery of a $24M highly architectural project with an integrated world class museum experience in an outback Queensland town whose community had a significant interest was made possible.

The Centre was destroyed by fire in early hours of 18 June 2015 due to an electrical fault in the ceiling that soon spread throughout the building.

Winton Shire Mayor (former), Butch Lenton said the loss of the original Waltzing Matilda Centre was a heavy blow during a major drought, but the community and visitors had rallied together to ensure it wasn’t lost forever.