Di­nosaurs add life to mu­seum

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

THE Mu­seum of Trop­i­cal Queens­land has had a record 124,980 peo­ple visit dur­ing the last fi­nan­cial year on the back of the hugely pop­u­lar Di­nosaur Dis­cov­ery: Lost Crea­tures of the Cre­ta­ceous ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tured 20 an­i­mated, life- size di­nosaurs and was de­vel­oped by the West­ern Aus­tralian Mu­seum.

The an­i­mated di­nosaurs were yes­ter­day be­ing dis­man­tled at MTQ as the mu­seum says good­bye to its most pop­u­lar ex­hi­bi­tion in 30 years.

Premier and Arts Min­is­ter An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk said 98,084 peo­ple vis­ited the ex­hi­bi­tion be­tween De­cem­ber 9, 2016 and July 9, 2017.

“These record crowds show how suc­cess­ful the mu­seum is at en­gag­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity through vi­brant events that sup­port cul­tural tourism as well as through its cap­ti­vat­ing dis­plays that show­case the cul­tural and nat­u­ral her­itage of our state’s beau­ti­ful north,” she said.

“Through its dy­namic pro­gram­ming and the globally sig­nif­i­cant sci­en­tific re­search it un­der­takes, the Mu­seum of Trop­i­cal Queens­land is de­liv­er­ing on my Gov­ern­ment’s Ad­vance Queens­land ini­tia­tive which aims to fos­ter in­no­va­tion and sci­en­tific en­deav­our across our state.”

MTQ is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Visit www. mtq. qld. gov. au. THE Nine Net­work has thrown a life­line to the 2017 ARIA Awards, re­claim­ing Aus­tralian mu­sic’s big night from the be­lea­guered Chan­nel Ten, which broad­cast the event in re­cent years.

Or­gan­is­ers have booked the awards in Syd­ney on Novem­ber 28 and will now try to se­cure a raft of in­ter­na­tional guests to walk the red car­pet, per­form and at­tract view­ers.

The no­to­ri­ously awards- shy Sia, who won Best Fe­male Artist last year, heads the list as she should be back home ahead of kick­ing off her two sta­dium con­certs in Aus­tralia.

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