One small step for a man in one giant leap for Tamworth’s $1.8 million Regional Astronomy and Science Centre as framework goes up on the new centre.

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson joined members of the Tamworth Regional Astronomy Club and the community to inspect the progress of this exciting new facility.

Mr Anderson said it was great to see this fantastic project growing before our eyes.

“I want to congratulate the Tamworth Regional Astronomy Club for their commitment to this unique world-class facility that will be a drawcard for budding stargazers, provide educational opportunities for students and promote Tamworth across the universe for researchers and astronomers,” Mr Anderson said.

“It’s expected to be completed by November and hopefully by then, we will be able to welcome astronomy enthusiasts from far and wide.

Tamworth Regional Council deputy mayor Phil Betts said that it was exciting to see the plans for the new centre become a reality.

“The first-class facility will include a new observatory with a roll-off roof to house large telescopes, a second observatory also with a roll-off roof, to house a historic telescope, a planetarium and an education space for hands-on science programs. The astronomy club will also be able to house their vast collection of astronomy equipment,” he said.

The centre will be a huge drawcard for visitors and provide a real boost to the local economy – visitors will stay in local accommodation, buy from local shops, visit local cafes and eateries and enjoy other local tourist attractions.

“This project received $1.8 million from the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Regional Growth environment and tourism fund and has helped create local jobs during what has been a very difficult time for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Anderson said.