Interactive elements to be added to Portside precinct

ADDING interactive elements to museum and heritage tourism activities in Maryborough's Portside precinct will be part of a $160,000 project thanks to a State Government grant.

Councillor for heritage George Seymour said the council was working towards a new, integrated tourism product that met the needs and wants of a changing market and would help the heritage precinct prosper.

He said part of the project would include the installation of additional and refurbished interpretive signage and displays within the Customs Residence Grounds, Customs House and Bond Store Museum.

"We already have a high number of quality displays in place and this grant will allow us to add interactive elements including audio and visual features and additional children's activities," Cr Seymour said.

"We have long said that we want to target Queensland's heritage tourism market and this project is all about building the complete heritage experience.

"The last major upgrade of the displays was undertaken around 10 years ago so the timing is perfect and we are really excited to finalise the plans and get the project under way."

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said the project would make a tremendous contribution to the local community.

Under the funding guidelines, the work must be completed by September 30, 2015.



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