Museum money not history yet

The federal government’s $4 million contribution towards the $7 million Orange Regional Museum could be secured after months of uncertainty.

The federal funding for the project, allocated by the former Labor government under the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) was in doubt following the election with the Coalition government refusing to commit to projects that did not have signed contracts.

On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the federal government would now honour 57 uncontracted projects under rounds two, three and four of the RDAF program. 

The museum funds were committed under stage four.

A spokesman for Orange City Council was unable to confirm if the funding had been guaranteed on Tuesday afternoon.

The $4 million from the federal government would add to council’s $2 million contribution, and $1 million in community and corporate sponsorship still being sought for the museum.

Despite the uncertainty, the council has pressed on with the project,  awarding the tender for the architectural design.

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