Latest News Latest News

« Back

Cutting-edge technology to return Towers Hill to WWII times


Residents and visitors will soon be able to experience Towers Hill as it was in World War II by using new augmented reality (AR).
Augmented Reality allows the user to experience a mixture of the real world and computer-generated images in real time, bringing the rich history of Charters Towers alive.
Anyone with a compatible smart device and the new ‘Towers Hill in WWII’ app will be able to watch B-25 bombers flyover or explore the inside of a virtual bunker; full of munition.
Deputy Mayor, Cr Sonia Bennetto said the possibilities are huge. “This is cutting-edge technology and allows Charters Towers to join the ever-increasing popularity of ‘Virtual Tourism.’
“This kind of technology is another tool we can use to progress our region. It allows visitors to experience a world they wouldn’t normally get to experience.
“This is just a starting point and we hope to build on this in the future,” said Cr Bennetto.
Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Works for Queensland program had a great track record of kickstarting jobs and investment in Charters Towers.
“This outstanding tourism project is a wonderful example of what can be achieved for the community when our two levels of government work together,” he said.
“It is part of the $8.55 million provided to Charters Towers Regional Council through the Palaszczuk Government’s Works for Queensland program.
“I was in Charters Towers in February this year inspecting earlier Works for Queensland projects at Towers Hill, with Mayor Schmidt.
“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to work with Charters Towers Regional Council to deliver new infrastructure that supports employment and liveability for the local community.”
To celebrate the new project, Council is inviting the community to a grand opening ceremony on Monday 15 July at 10am on Towers Hill.
As part of the launch, residents and visitors will be able to test drive the different AR elements including:
  •  WWII strategy maps of the Battle of the Bismarck Sea and Charters Towers Airfield.
  •  A WWII Mitchell B-25 Bomber and its armaments.
  •  A life-size WWII bomber squadron fly-over.
  •  A life-size WWII munitions bunker.
  •  Become a war hero in a WWII poster in a unique AR photo opportunity.
  •  Find out why a local landmark had to be demolished.
The AR Project cost $54,000 and forms part of the Towers Hill Abilities Ramp Project, fully funded by the Works for Queensland Program, an initiative of the Queensland Government.
OGG 11 July 2019