Reef HQ Aquarium has received $5 million for a facelift, as part of the Government’s COVID19 Relief and Recovery Fund to assist Great Barrier Reef tourism and the North Queensland regional economy. This funding will see a modern new façade, and a new admissions and foyer area.
For many years, Reef HQ’s public ‘face’ has been the iconic spire that was the ‘Omnimax Theatre”, which is due to be demolished with the redevelopment of the adjacent site, the old Cultural Centre. A new façade will create a distinctive and clearly identifiable landmark for the Aquarium, and enhance street appeal and accessibility for the visitor.
This money will include an upgrade to technology, such as self-serving kiosks and turnstiles, to enhance operating efficiency and improve the visitor service experience.
These works will be scheduled to take place with the broader capital works, which are already being planned for when Reef HQ Aquarium closes temporarily from February 2021. The planned closure is to undertake works associated with the original funding, which includes upgrades to the Turtle Hospital, the predator tank, coral reef exhibit and back-of-house facilities. An extension of the planned 12-month closure may need to occur, to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors during construction.
We will continue to engage with the community, through our social media channels and education outreach program during the closure. To stay connected to Reef HQ and the Great Barrier Reef follow our social pages and check the website for regular updates.
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