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Hopes sink for Whaleworld grant

ALBANY-based museum Whaleworld’s operators are waiting to see whether a $1 million commitment from the former WA Government will be honoured by Labor.

Outgoing Fisheries Minister Monty House promised the museum the $1 million for its expansion program.

Museum operators Jaycees Community Foundation chair-man Peter Snow said Whale-world had international signi-ficance.

It is one of only three relatively intact former whaling stations left in the world. The other two in Russian Georgia and Norway are sometimes inaccessible.

Mr Snow said the museum had embarked on a five-year works program alongside a marketing and sponsorship drive.

To help its marketing push and sponsorship drive, the Foundation has enlisted the services of brainCells director Allen Burtenshaw and former Perth Zoo director planning and exhibit design Tom Tischler.

Works include a $1.65 million visitors centre feat-uring restored whale skele-tons, refurbishing the stations oil tanks and creating a new jetty so visitors can arrive by sea.

Whaleworld has been operating since 1980 and has attracted more than 1.3 million visitors.

Whaling, Australia’s first industry before wheat and wool, ceased in Albany in 1978.

The whaling museum’s 40 hectare site is also home to a museum that houses one of the few remaining Catalina flying boats.

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