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    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Bert Hinkler’s memory comes alive through Works for Queensland

    Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Friday, January 04, 2019

    Bert Hinkler’s memory comes alive through Works for Queensland

    A new interactive display surrounding Bert Hinkler’s famous Armstrong Siddeley car is bringing people even closer to Bundaberg’s favourite son, made possible through $80,700 from the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program.

    Inspecting the display at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the car played an important role in the celebration of one of Queensland’s and Australia’s greatest aviation feats.

    “Bert Hinkler is a true pioneering hero through his record-breaking solo flight from England to Australia in 1928 and this display is a way of reliving the pride he brought to an entire nation 91 years ago,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “This was the car thousands of people saw him in as he received a hero’s welcome in Brisbane.

    “Preserving our history is vital so that the feats of our past heroes like Bert Hinkler can resonate with and inspire future Queenslanders.

    “I’m proud the State Government has had a hand in this display, which is part of a more than $3.28 million allocation from Works for Queensland towards cultural and recreational projects in the city.

    “Through the first two rounds of this successful program, Bundaberg Regional Council has received a total of $21.9 million for 55 projects which council reports have created or supported more than 2,700 jobs.”

    The Council will receive a further $11.61 million through the third round of Works for Queensland, with grant applications brought forward to the first half of 2019.

    “This means we can get more money out sooner to Council for projects that will make a real difference to the Bundaberg community,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey applauded the funding.

    “The display at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation is indicative of the kinds of beneficial projects that Works for Queensland is helping the council deliver for the community,” Mayor Dempsey said.

    “Bert Hinkler is a local icon and our community is welcoming of projects that highlight the important role he played as a pioneer aviator and which enhance his legendary status.”

    “Today’s acknowledgment comes just days out from the anniversary of his untimely death in the Italian Alps on January 7, 1933.”

    Mr Hinchliffe urged all of Queensland’s eligible councils to think about the projects they would like funded through the next round of the $600 Works for Queensland program.

    “So far, $400 million has gone out to 65 councils and we have seen more than 12,900 jobs created or supported, which is an incredible result,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “A further round of funding is being allocated now with projects to be submitted by March.

    “I strongly recommend councils ensure they get their project proposals in, so that Works for Queensland can continue to have a positive effect on communities and families throughout the State.”

    For more information visit: www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/works-for-queensland

    Media contact: Martin Philip 0427 919 548