Improvements to boost Gippsland Vehicle Collection at the Maffra Shed

Two Simcas, a 1956 Aronde and a 1959 Vedette, on display at the GVC until the end of June as part of the First and Last exhibition.

Gippsland Vehicle Collection, which includes a motor museum and Model World, is set for some improvements at its location at the Maffra Shed.

It has been successful in receiving funding under the latest round of Darren Chester’s #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program. A $20,000 grant will help to improve the ventilation and useability of the dining area.

The Gippsland Vehicle Collection motor museum has an outstanding display of more than 160 special cars, motorbikes, machinery, historic vehicles and auto memorabilia. It is currently open, operating under CovidSafe rules.

Feature exhibits change regularly, ensuring fresh displays for new and returning visitors. Each one is launched with a display day where many people bring along their special vehicles to show in the museum grounds.

GVC’s First and Last exhibition continues until the end of June, when vehicles will be changed over to make way for the Hot Rod exhibition coming in July.

There are often visits by other clubs with their vehicles, like two yesterday: the Early Model Holden Club which displayed 25 of their cars and the Mini Club with around 10 cars.

Mr Chester described the museum as a unique asset to the region.

“The museum is a drawcard for our region so ensuring it can continue to run and improve its facilities is essential,” Mr Chester said.

“While the museum brings visitors to the region it also boosts the local economy with visitors extending their stay and exploring more of Gippsland.”

Mr Chester outlined how the $20,000 grant will be used, saying “a suspended ceiling and reverse cycle air-conditioner will be installed in the dining area known as the Pitt Stop.”

“These upgrades will create a temperature-controlled area within the museum for visitors and the wider community.

“Additionally, the dining area will be able to be utilised by the community in times of emergency.”

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Gippsland MP Darren Chester, with Gippsland Vehicle Collection committee members Sue Lawrence and Andrew Gallagher, at the Pitt Stop dining area which is soon to be improved with federal government funding.

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