Council throws support behind Hinkler restoration project

14 Mar 2017
While it’s not the mode of transport usually associated with Bert Hinkler, Bundaberg Regional Council’s investment in restoring the Armstrong Siddeley will see an important part of the pioneer solo aviator’s rich legacy preserved.

Tourism and Regional Growth portfolio spokesperson Cr Greg Barnes said Council had approved a request from the Hinkler House Memorial Museum and Research Association Inc to donate $15,520 to complete the restoration project for the vehicle.

“The Armstrong Siddeley has significant ties to the life and achievements of Bert Hinkler and as such we are pleased to be able to assist the association to complete this project,” Cr Barnes said.

“This is the very vehicle Bert Hinkler drove in the processional motorcade held in Brisbane in his honour following his successful journey as the first person to fly solo between England and Australia in February, 1928.”

Cr Barnes said the original vehicle had come to the possession of the research association in early 2015 far from its former glory but tremendous progress had since been made in its restoration with the assistance of the Bundaberg Vintage Car Club.

“The association has previously been successful in gaining government and private funding support for this restoration project and Council has supported the project by providing a space for restoration works to be undertaken at the Bundaberg Airport in Hangar 161.

“Once completed, the vehicle will form part of the Hinkler Hall of Aviation collection and be placed on public display for all to enjoy.

“This project is a wonderful opportunity to commemorate the life of Bert Hinkler and provide a new attraction to this excellent tourism facility.”

 

 

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