Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium to return to its original name

Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium to return to its original name.

As part of the holistic approach to the Aquarium’s redevelopment, the popular tourism destination will remove ‘Reef HQ’ from its title and return to its first name – Great Barrier Reef Aquarium. 

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (Reef Authority) General Manager – Major Projects Ian Walker said reclaiming the name was evidence of the Reef Authority’s dedication to deliver a state-of-the-art educational and cultural facility to represent one of the world’s most spectacular eco-systems, the Great Barrier Reef.

“Reclaiming the Townsville landmark facility to its original name reaffirms our commitment to build the Australian Government’s National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef. We continue to work with our Townsville-based principal contractor, Paynters, to design a modern facility which will feature sustainable engineering and architectural innovation, durability, and creativity to deliver a world-class Aquarium for all to enjoy,” Mr Walker said.

“On current planning, we are hopeful of submitting a Development Application to Townsville City Council in the next three months. More detail in relation to the development will be publicly available through that process.”

The new Aquarium will incorporate modern technology, interactive digital exhibits and displays, plus co-designing some key exhibits with the Wulgurukaba Traditional Owners will highlight their connection to sea country throughout the facility.

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Page published on: 16 July 2023

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