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Transport museum on agenda for Shepparton

Transport industry luminaries are pushing for a new museum to be built at Emerald Bank in Shepparton.

DARREN LINTON June 2, 2014 3:14am

Transport museum project interim chairman John Taig and Emerald Bank creator Lloyd Mawson in a vintage fire truck flanked by transport industry luminaries who are backing the new museum.

Emerald Bank is set to add another major tourist attraction for the region with agreement to forge ahead with plans for a transport museum.

Industry luminaries met at Emerald Bank on Saturday and voted unanimously to develop a business case for the museum, which would be built on land overlooking the lake.

Emerald Bank creator Lloyd Mawson started in the transport industry when he was 16.

He recalls the import role the Goulburn Valley truck companies played in creaking the rail cartel and the many characters who have populated the industry.

The goal is to bring the people and the history to life in a 2000sqm museum, which will also house historic trucks, buses and other equipment.

‘‘I haven’t talked to a person that has been negative, not one yet,’’ Mr Mawson said after the meeting.

‘‘They all voted unanimously to go ahead and I suppose the next thing is once we get the business plan and the right people in place we’re looking to go out and secure the funds.’’

The transport museum, which is still to be named, would operate alongside the existing Shepparton Motor Museum and the soon-to-be opened Furphy Museum, offering visitors three major attractions in one.

‘‘We just see our Mayor Jenny Houlihan talking about wanting Shepparton to not just be a gateway but a destination and I think this is a really important cog in that plan,’’ Mr Mawson said.

He said the calibre of the people involved gave the project every chance of succeeding.

‘‘I’m very confident,’’ he said.

The project’s interim chairman is truck dealer John Taig, who also has a long family history in the transport industry and is equally confident of success.

‘‘There are so many people I haven’t spoken to who will put their shoulder to the wheel to help this because it’s the camaraderie in the transport industry that drives all of this, it is amazing really how they all work with one another even though they compete with each other during the day.’’

Mr Mawson said transport industry had been through enormous change during his working life and the museum would seek to educate as well as preserve historical gems.

‘‘I would really like to see that we do take a lot of time to present it as an educational destination as well because the younger generation need to understand where we’ve come from.’’

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