Work has started on the Qantas Founders Museum’s $11.3-million Luminescent Longreach Stage 1: Airpark Roof Project with the installation of the structure’s footings. The development, fully funded by the Australian government, is the first element of a two-phase process to create a new light and sound experience at the museum in Longreach, Queensland. It sees the construction of a 8,072-square metre roof cover over the aircraft including the Boeing 747, Boeing 707, Catalina and Super Constellation.
Leading national construction company Watpac is building the structure. Completion is expected in May 2020. Qantas Founders Museum CEO Tony Martin said, “We have been planning and working on the Luminescent Longreach Project for over two years and it is wonderful to see this project under way. The Luminescent Longreach Project will have a substantial impact on our museum, visitors, community and displays — we cannot wait to see it completed. The completion of this project in 2020 is significant for our museum as we plan to host a series of events in 2020 to celebrate the centenary of Qantas.”