Cen­tre needs swag of cash

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A RE­COV­ERY fund is be­ing set up to help re­build an out­back Queens­land tourist cen­tre ded­i­cated to Aus­tralia’s most fa­mous song af­ter it was de­stroyed by fire.

In­sur­ance will not cover the en­tire cost of re­build­ing the Waltz­ing Matilda Cen­tre at Win­ton, so lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are seek­ing do­na­tions.

Win­ton mayor Butch Len­ton said $ 15- 18 mil­lion was needed for the project. “The max­i­mum in­sur­ance pay­out is $ 12 mil­lion,” he said.

Mr Len­ton said he would also ask state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments for as­sis­tance. It has been two weeks since a fierce fire gut­ted the cen­tre, and de­stroyed al­most ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing his­toric arte­facts.

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