Coalition preserves aviation heritage for generations
The Victorian Coalition Government today announced it had secured the future of the B-24 Liberator Memorial on the corner of Princes Highway and Farm Road in Werribee.
Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said a land transfer agreement between the Victorian Government, Melbourne Water and the B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund (B-24 Fund) is signed, paving the way for the preservation and enhancement of the site’s aviation heritage.
“The agreement will see Melbourne Water transfer approximately 1.475 hectares of land through the State to the B-24 Fund, pending a works permit being issued by Heritage Victoria,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“On the site is a unique aircraft hangar dating back to World War II. The hangar has a timber roof truss construction with short unseasoned timbers, which was developed at the time due to the shortage of building materials during World War II.
”Since 1993 the B-24 Fund has called this hangar home for the restoration of a B-24 Liberator bomber, an aircraft used in the defence of Australia during World War II.
“The Coalition Government has been working closely with the Fund to help the group realise its dream of a permanent home and on-site museum precinct,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“Victoria is the national leader in the aviation and aerospace industry and the Coalition Government is focused upon keeping it that way. In looking to the future of aviation and aerospace, it is also important that we reflect on and preserve the industry’s history.
“I am pleased to be a part of the preservation of this historic hangar and welcome the continued restoration of the B-24 Liberator as an important and proud piece of Victoria’s aviation heritage”.
Western Metropolitan MP Andrew Elsbury and Liberal candidate for Weribee Tarun Singh welcomed the announcement.
“Dedicated volunteers have put in many, many hours to restore this historic aircraft. A permanent home and museum precinct will be a fantastic outcome for the local community,” Mr Andrew Elsbury said.
“This is the only remaining Liberator in the southern hemisphere and is one of only eight still existent in the world. It’s wonderful that this plane and the World War II hangar it is stored in will be restored and preserved,” Mr Singh said.
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