Update No.2-Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton.

Submitted: Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 11:15
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Back in April this year, when I posted about the beginning of construction, I hinted that there might be regular updates. Well, I've been more slack and this is the first of those. You've missed out on photos of machinery, trenches and footings, but these few images should be just as exciting?

Apparently, construction is on time, and the opening will still be in April, 2018, after the Commonwealth Games. Mark your calendars now!

















Hope the images do it justice? Shaky hands and an iPad aren't conducive to studio quality photos.

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Reply By: batsy - Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 13:40

Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 13:40
Thanks for the update Bob, the date for the opening will be a must on our calendar.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 14:16

Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 14:16
We'll catch you then, Batsy. More coffee? :-)

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Follow Up By: batsy - Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 18:37

Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 18:37
Sounds like a plan Bob....but I'm thinking we will need a bigger table for the rest of the ExplorOz clan...
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 13:48

Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 13:48
Hi Bob

Thanks for takng the time to post those images .

Sound like a good excuse to drop in and have another coffee with you next year and see the new centre.



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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 14:18

Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 14:18
Will have the coffee machine going, Stephen. Might even have some cake........?

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Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 20:01

Monday, Jul 31, 2017 at 20:01
Looking good Bob, we hope to be there if the timing is right.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 14:22

Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 14:22
Am sure the exact date will be advertised early next year, Graham. Will chuck a post up here about it once I find out.

The builders are going "full noise" at the moment with the fine conditions, but only needs a wet week to delay things.

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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 07:49

Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 07:49
Yes, a visit to Winton is on the cards, appreciate your updates, thank you ??.
Keen to visit the 'new' site, also Mr Searles shop & Tattersalls Hotel for the seafood platter yummo.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 14:26

Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 at 14:26
No worries, Tony.

Sure to be standing room only at Tatts. The Winton Hotel offers excellent meals as well........Chicken Outback, Barra Delight. Salivating just thinking about them! :-)

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Reply By: ian.g - Wednesday, Aug 02, 2017 at 12:05

Wednesday, Aug 02, 2017 at 12:05
Sounds like a good time for you to open a pop up coffee shop Bob, could be a quick quid in it for you with all these exploroz visitors coming through. Cheers Ian.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Aug 06, 2017 at 16:15

Sunday, Aug 06, 2017 at 16:15
Give the coffee away, Ian, but charge for the cake & pastries?

Probably end up with a sore throat from doing too much talking.

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Reply By: Member - Robyn R4 - Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 21:21

Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 21:21
Thanks for the update Bob.
We're fans of Winton.
How's the loss of such a drawcard affected the town? Of course tourist numbers would be down but by what percent? Any idea?
I read (a few years ago now, and I don't recall where) of the devastating affect the drought was having on businesses and the financial domino effect from one business to the next.
We've been stuck in the land of "sea breezes" for the past 2 years and can't wait to pass through again when we next escape through western Qld.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Aug 06, 2017 at 16:31

Sunday, Aug 06, 2017 at 16:31
Thanks Robyn.

At first there was a noticeable slump and perhaps a bit of depressed spirit around town, but some of the dozen or so Centre staff got jobs elsewhere in town, so that helped. As it was in middle of the drought things weren't too crash hot anyway.

Even though the current season can only be rated as fair, I'd say the feeling around town would be very optimistic. The Centre is progressing rapidly, the builders, A. Gabrielli Constructions have a large team with a number of locals employed, and are fitting in well into the community. And to top it off Winton's rugby league team, the Diamantina Devils, is in the grand final next weekend, with a fair show of winning. If they do, they'll have won the Central West comp Grand Final, 7 years out of the past 8.

So when you do get out here, Robyn, the Centre will be finished and you can join the thousands of others doing the Waltzing Matilda thing. There's stacks of tourists this year, 'vans everywhere!

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Reply By: 9900Eagle - Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 10:24

Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 10:24
Bob, how is Paul Neilsen travelling re his health and thanks for the update on the centre.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Aug 06, 2017 at 21:45

Sunday, Aug 06, 2017 at 21:45
G'day Slow,

He was still vertical last time I got a cartoon there, about a month ago. Otherwise we haven't been there for a while, not even for a feed. They get very busy there at this time of the year, as you can imagine.

Might check the Centre out in a week or two, they should have made some further progress.

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