The Australian Railways Monument (ARM) and Rail Journeys Museum at Werris Creek had its 2012 Shenhua Watermark Community Fund project officially opened on the 26 September 2017 by Mr Lu Yang, Chief Financial Officer of Shenhua Watermark.
Chris Holley, President of the ARM, welcomed the official guests and said, “On behalf of the Committee I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the generous funding of $97,960 and the hand of friendship that has been extended to us. We were delighted to receive the news from Shenhua Watermark of our success in the selection process as we realised the immense assistance that it would do to increase the popularity of our museum and to put Werris Creek on a path for recognition as a ‘must-see’ tourist destination.”
“In the 1950’s Werris Creek was the busiest rural freight depot in NSW with 55 engines rostered for work with restrictions of 700 tons per load compared to 9,500 tonnes presently enforced on rail trains. We have approximately 40 volunteers who are passionate in preserving the history of the railway and sharing their memories of working here.”
Official guest, Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire, Councillor Andrew Hope welcomed Mr Lu to officially open the display. He said, “The model railway is a great new addition that will help attract further school groups plus tourists from all over Australia and around the world. The Museum’s popularity can be gauged through the fact that in excess of 135,000 visitors have passed through its doors since it first opened. This is an amazing addition to the superb exhibitions already in place at one of Australia’s finest rail heritage precincts.”
Mr Lu Yang then declared the ARM Shenhua Community Fund project officially open saying, “The aim of this project was to improve visitor satisfaction by expanding the experience at the Museum through interactive displays that embrace modern technology. I believe that this has been achieved and it is a suburb addition to the Museum.”
“Shenhua is a strong believer in contributing to the communities in which we work and we are proud to be able to contribute to a community project that can preserve the history of the railway and enhance the viability of the town.”
“I would like to thank the Museum’s volunteers for bringing the project to our attention, for their hard work and dedication in seeing it come to fruition and to Liverpool Plains Shire Council for providing support throughout its construction.”
Mr Chris Holley, ARM President ,Mr Lu Yang, Shenhua Chief Financial Officer, Liverpool Plains Shire Mayor, Andrew Hope and Mathew Wilcox at the Official opening of the ARM Shenhua Community Fund project.
Mr Lu Yang and Mayor Andrew Hope inspecting the newly operating model railway.