Museum of Vehicle Evolution launched in Shepparton

By Liz Mellino

The Museum of Vehicle Evolution was officially launched on Thursday night at The Woolshed in Shepparton.

Paying homage to the region’s transport history, MOVE is set to house an extensive collection of trucks, cars, motorcycles and bicycles at the former home of the Shepparton Motor Museum and Collectibles.

Estimated to cost about $6.25million and support 36 jobs during construction, the MOVE project and new branding was officially launched to about 300 industry members and potential investors.

MOVE Shepparton board interim chair Ben Goodall said the museum would incorporate the current Shepparton Motor Museum within an all-new truck, transport and history museum.

‘‘The community is behind the push to build something significant, for the families who were the authors of our proud transport history, for the community as a source of pride in our achievements, and as a major drawcard providing ongoing economic benefit to the region,’’ he said.

‘‘This is an exciting project for the Goulburn Valley in terms of tourism, history, education, events and the environment, with plans to use the enormous building footprint to establish a solar energy farm.’’

So far the project has secured $2.5million from the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Packages and in-principle support from Greater Shepparton City Council.

Mr Goodall said, along with this, close to $750000 of the $1.25million of private funds required had already been pledged and the fundraising was on track.

‘‘This is a resounding display of support from the community and demonstrates the collective desire to make this dream a reality,’’ he said.

‘‘We have met with our local state candidates to brief them on this important opportunity for Shepparton; we are now calling on them to throw their support behind the project and will be seeking a financial commitment from whomever forms government.’’