EXCITEMENT: Tourism manager Monique Johnson,  Mayor Annie Liston and Cosmos Centre co-ordinator Mike Dalley turn the soil for the new planetarium.
EXCITEMENT: Tourism manager Monique Johnson, Mayor Annie Liston and Cosmos Centre co-ordinator Mike Dalley turn the soil for the new planetarium. Contributed

Planetarium has lift-off

THE soil has been turned and excitement is running through the veins of tourism in Charleville.

Last Friday, Murweh Shire Mayor Annie Liston officially turned the soil on the latest tourism development, the new Charleville Planetarium.

Construction is set to begin on the $620,300 project next week, with J&K Lawson Construction in charge of the building.

The planetarium will sit side by side with the recently upgraded Cosmos Centre and is set for completion by February.

Murweh Shire tourism manager Monique Johnson said the project came at an exciting time for Charleville.

"This is going to be excellent because it is another tourist attraction and the idea of the planetarium is we don't have any closed nights and that will avoid anyone missing out,” Ms Johnson said.

Cr Liston said the planetarium would add value to the Cosmos Centre.

"This provides another reason for visitors to stay longer in the town and to support our local businesses.

"Construction of the planetarium will avoid the need to cancel stargazing shows at the observatory due to poor visibility and cloudy skies, a situation that has often been a source of disappointment to visitors travelling long distances.”

The project is jointly funded by the Queensland Government's Building Our Regions infrastructure program and Murweh Shire Council.