Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government
Senator for Queensland
• Milestone reached at the Rocky Creek World War II Igloo at Tolga, QLD
• The heritage-listed former WWII entertainment complex will attract visitors and boost the economy in the Atherton Tablelands region
• The Coalition Government invested more than $90,000 in the project
Men and women who served in the Second World War were remembered today at the Rocky Creek Igloo, a building that was once the entertainment hub for one of Queensland’s most significant World War II military hospitals.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the military hospital at Rocky Creek, near Tolga, had been the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and the restoration of the Igloo would highlight the Tablelands region’s rich wartime history.
“The restoration of the Rocky Creek Igloo, which hosted entertainment for thousands of staff and patients at the hospital, will preserve and commemorate this important piece of Australian history,” Dr McVeigh said.
“The investment in this restoration will also establish the Rocky Creek Igloo as a tourism asset that will draw new visitors to the Tablelands, giving a boost to this region which played a significant part in the Second World War.”
Patron of the project and Senator for Queensland James McGrath said the Igloo, one of six built on the Atherton Tablelands and the only one still standing, would be used as a military museum, entertainment centre and meeting venue now that facilities were complete.
“This Igloo is continuing to serve our community, providing a venue for local events and a meeting place for military service organisations,” Senator McGrath said.
“The revenue raised from the use of the restored Igloo will go towards ensuring the ongoing sustainability of this fantastic community facility.”
“I want to thank the community for coming together to support this great project, both financially and those that gave their time and hard work to give the Igloo new life.”
The Rocky Creek World War II Igloo Restoration project was jointly funded with the Coalition Government investing $90,200 and Rotary Club of Atherton Inc. $95,474.