Media Release: Premier Opens Multi-Million Dollar Gold Exhibition

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Wednesday 30 April 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

PREMIER OPENS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR GOLD EXHIBITION

The Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Colin Barnett MLA, today visited The Perth Mint to officially open its spectacular new multi-million dollar Gold Exhibition.

Through the use of state-of-the-art multimedia presentations, combined with historic artefacts and glittering displays, the dazzling showcase captures the fascinating story of gold mining in Western Australia and brings the history of The Perth Mint to life.

Officiating at the grand opening, the Premier said that The Perth Mint has long been an institution of the State’s gold mining industry and remains an invaluable resource to the community.

“Offering an extraordinary insight into the discovery of gold and the role the precious metal has played in the economic development of the State, this attraction is a major coup for the City of Perth and tourism in Western Australia,” he said. 

“I congratulate The Perth Mint on creating a world-class destination that is both entertaining and educational for the whole family,” he continued.

Visitors can now enjoy a display of more than $25million worth of natural and refined gold. They also have the rare opportunity to handle a solid gold bar valued in excess of $500,000, discover the value of their weight in gold, and watch the minting of Australia’s precious metal coins.

Adding even more lustre to the allure of gold is the Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin.  Forming the centrepiece of the unique exhibition and recognised as the largest coin ever made by Guinness World Records, this monumental gold masterpiece is valued at more than $50million and is showcased in all its golden glory on a revolving platform.

Perth Mint Manager, Visitor Experience, Cathy Anza, said that the Gold Exhibition originally opened its doors to the public 20 years ago, and has since established itself as a highlight for some 80,000 visitors to the city of Perth each year. 

“Our latest redevelopment signifies an exciting new era for the Mint, and we’re proud to offer visitors a modern interactive tour space with stunning displays of gold,” she said.

The popular gold pouring performance, at which visitors witness the amazing spectacle of molten gold being hand poured to form a solid gold bar, and the informative heritage tour, will continue to captivate audiences as both attractions remain part of the new exhibition.

The Perth Mint Gold Exhibition is open daily, with tours commencing hourly from 9.30am to 3.30pm.  Located at 310 Hay Street (cnr Hill Street) in East Perth, The Perth Mint is within walking distance from the Perth CBD, is situated on the Red CAT Bus Route, and offers street parking.  Admission prices are $25 for adults, $20 concession card holders, and $8 for children up to 15 years of age.  For more information, visit www.perthmint.com.au/visit

For behind the scenes information on the launch of The Perth Mint Gold Exhibition, please visit http://blog.perthmint.com.au/, follow The Perth Mint on Twitter @perthmint, or like ‘The Perth Mint’ on Facebook.


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For further information:
Makeila Ellis, Media and Events Officer, The Perth Mint
Telephone (08) 9421 7204  Email makeila.ellis@perthmint.com.au

Image 1: The Honourable Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia at The Perth Mint Gold Exhibition with school children from Scotch College and Mercedes College.


Image 2: Scotch College school children next to The Perth Mint gold nugget display.


Image 3: The Honourable Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, Perth Mint CEO, Ed Harbuz and Perth Mint Chair, Kerry Sanderson unveiling the newly refurbished Perth Mint Gold Exhibition