In 2018 FNQAM members commenced plans for the Mareeba airport terminal project which included a building makeover, cleaning the walls, floors & painting the entire building including toilet block.
We created a museum in the building which is adjacent to the existing WW2 and Rex Budd memorials for visitors to the airfield. On open days & on request from school groups, unsecurable items will also be made available.
Visitors will be able to learn about:
– US & Australian Air Force units & aircraft that were based at Mareeba in World War 2
– Aviators who pioneered aviation businesses, crop dusting & helicopter mustering in the area
– Local aircraft crashes honouring the deceased
– Timeline of the airfield
– Map of the airfield highlighting the past & present
– Aircraft objects
– Library of aviation books & magazines.
More space is required to house all the museum’s assets in a safe & secure location. We have been working towards designing a new, much larger museum facility. In 2020, building plans will be finalised & ready to build when funding permits.