Push to see Puckapunyal’s tank museum moved
31 August 2018
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has renewed her push to have the Australian Army Tank Museum at Puckapunyal moved to the front of the base.
Ms Ryan has written to Australian Defence Force chief General Angus Campbell seeking an allocation of funds to relocate the museum to a more prominent location at the front of the base.
In Parliament last week Ms Ryan said the move would build on the museum’s potential and encourage more visitors to the site.
“The Australian Army Tank Museum at Puckapunyal is a hidden treasure,” Ms Ryan said.
“Possible relocation and improvements to the new museum have been spoken about for many years but, frustratingly, there has been little action.
“This move will mean the museum is easily accessible to the public, maximising its location so close to the Hume Hwy.”
Ms Ryan said Puckapunyal makes a major economic contribution to Seymour’s economy but more could be done to capitalise on the region’s military history.
“Building a purpose built museum at the front of the base where it is open to the public would deliver a huge boost to military tourism in our region,” Ms Ryan said.
“We already have such a rich military history right across this region with the Vietnam Veterans Walk and Australian Light Horse Memorial Park at Seymour, the VC Memorial Park at Euroa, the remains of the POW Camp 6 at Graytown and stone ossario at Murchison Cemetery.
“The tank museum at Puckapunyal is such as asset to our region and we could make better use of it if money was allocated to site it properly,” Ms Ryan said.
Seymour RSL Vice President Ross Stewart said the Seymour RSL and Vietnams Veterans Commemorative Walk Committee were in full support of the push.
“Local Veterans and the committee wholly support this idea and have been pushing the move for years, even since the first works began on the Vietnam Veterans Walk,” Mr Stewart said.
“Tour buses contact us regularly wanting to visit the different sites and it would be nice if we could have the museum at the front of the base as there are many items on display but people can’t access it easily.”