Opal Centre to boost tourism across the region


Member for Parkes Mark Coulton presents the Australian Opal Centre team, including David Lane OAM (Opal Centre President, right) with funding of $9.5m for a new Opal Centre. Photo: supplied

Bourke’s tourism industry and visitor economy is likely to get a boost following the announcement of $34 million dollars in funding for the Australian Opal Centre in Lightning Ridge.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton made the announcement on Friday and said the funding was a combination of the Building Better Regions Fund, with the NSW State government, Walgett Shire Council and the Opal Centre also contributing.

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