The dream of a world class aviation museum in Parkes is one step closer after the development application was approved by Parkes Shire Council last month.
The new building will allow all of the museum’s aircraft to be displayed undercover in a purpose-built aircraft shelter that has been designed with minimal internal support columns to allow the display and movement inside of large aircraft.
The entry area will be extensively glazed to showcase aircraft and will have a small café to serve snacks and coffee and pro-vide access to facilities for all visitors. The café area will open onto landscaped areas that include a rainfall garden and extensive water storage for aircraft cleaning and landscape maintenance.
The museum will provide facilities and access for large numbers of aviation minded visitors to enjoy this heritage and learn more about Parkes and it’s WW2 and migrant camp history. Many new Australians commenced a new life in Australia at Parkes and many young Australians trained at Parkes before travelling to the conflict overseas.
The museum will have a key focus on education and training and will continue to work with Parkes High School students and others.
The Historical Aircraft Restoration Soci-ety (HARS) has had a presence in Parkes since 1975.
While the museum was being established HARS procured aircraft and components to allow future generations to see, touch and experience Australia’s aviation history both civil and military. This has preserved numerous aircraft that would have been scrapped due to their age and condition.
This restoration, preservation and presentation is carried out by volunteers and they are always on the lookout for new members with mechanical, history or tour guiding capabilities to join the group.
During COVID, check HARS Aviation Museum – Parkes facebook page or call Col on 0428 625 269 for opening times.