Fifteen years ago a new 300 square metre building was built with the intention of housing a Snack Food Factory relocating from Sydney. Unfortunately it went into liquidation before completion.
Our local Council endeavoured to lease or sell the site over the next five years but could find no takers. Expressions of interest were called for occupation. A group of civic minded car enthusiasts proposed a Transport Museum, as there were a lot of old vintage cars in the district.
So the Inverell Transport Museum was formed as a Non-Profit & Registered Charity opening its the doors in August 1998 over (15 years ago). It started with little funding, except for free rent from Inverell Shire Council at the start and has now progressed into a major National Tourist attraction and Community Centre, attracting over 15,000 visitors per year. It's also used by many other organisations as a community centre and meeting place.