The Australian Aviation Hall of Fame is being relocated from Wagga Wagga to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society at Albion Park Rail.
AAHOF was founded in Wagga Wagga with the support of that city’s council in 2010 to recognise outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to aviation and aerospace. It has inducted 31 people and five organisations and now has the support of Shellharbour City Council with the move to the Illawarra.
Chairman Steve Padgett said AAHOF has always been committed to creating a permanent home and looked at locations around Australia. It eventually found its objectives and interests were closely aligned with HARS. Now it will have a permanent home in the hangar complex at Illawarra Regional Airport. “I would like to thank HARS president Bob De La Hunty, his board and Shellharbour City Council for their enthusiasm and commitment," he said.
Shellharbour mayor Marianne Saliba said Illawarra Regional Airport was a significant asset and congratulated Mr De La Hunty and all HARS members for their commitment to locating a world-class attraction in the Illawarra for educational and recreational purposes.
Mr De La Hunty described the Hall of Fame as an additional drawcard for the city and region that will draw both national and international interest.
He said it also recognised the city’s rich aviation heritage.
“Shellharbour Council has been extremely supportive in pushing the organisation to adopt inclusion of the Hall of Fame,” he said.
Work has now begun on designing and constructing a display area to showcase past and future inductees.