Big Blue To Have New Stable

Filed in Just In by May 25, 2020

BIG Blue, a large string sculpture of a horse, purchased by Council in 2018, is set to have a new home on one acre, inside the proposed War Bird Museum and Airport Terminal.

The design specifications of the new terminal and museum put Big Blue at the front entrance with 10.1 square metres of its own floor space.

Big Blue is currently housed at the Visitor Information Centre in Kelly Street, however plans for the museum and terminal reveal the Visitor Information Centre will also be housed in the proposed museum and terminal building.

Also in the building will be a $400,000 audio visual theatre, three check-in and car hire counters, Council offices, a gift shop, a kiosk style cafe, a second cafe described as dining, two kitchens, viewing platforms, outdoor service areas, outdoor decking, pilot briefings room, communication room, storage areas, two function rooms and of course an area for the Warbirds. 

In April, Council resolved that they would not go back out to tender for work at the airport, after all tender applications for three separate parts of the project exceeded budget.

Mayor Wayne Bedggood explained in the meeting additional tender processes would only incur further costs and delay progress.

However, Council have again called for expressions of interest for the design and construction of the Warbird Museum and Airport Terminal, which close on June 1.

The Council also resolved at the April meeting to have an independent business review of the Airport Development project.

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