Katter's Australian Party Currumbin candidate Steve Bowman.
Katter's Australian Party Currumbin candidate Steve Bowman. John Gass

Rockabilly museum proposed

KATTER'S Australian Party has jumped on Coolangatta's rockabilly bandwagon with the announcement of a $5million nostalgia museum and rock 'n' roll diner to be built on the southern Gold Coast.

Candidate for Currumbin in next weekend's state election and avid automotive enthusiast Steve Bowman believes the museum and diner would build on the success of the Cooly Rocks On festival and attract tourism to the area.

"Coolangatta was the heart of the Gold Coast in the 50s, nobody went to Surfers Paradise," Mr Bowman said.

"Australia-wide it's the best location.

"And we need more tourism facilities down here."

The facility would be built somewhere between the border and Currumbin, ideally near the airport, and would be completed in time for Cooly Rocks On 2014.

It would feature a nostalgia auto museum and "kustom kulture" - an term to describe artwork, vehicles and hairstyles of the 1950s in America - art gallery, as well as a diner serving traditional burgers and milkshakes.

Mr Bowman said the proposal had the support of Cooly Rocks On CEO Bob Newman and chair Gail O'Neill.

"He (Mr Newman) loves the idea of having an alternative venue for the festival and Gail is in favour of any tourist facility for the area," Mr Bowman said.

"Everyone's pretty excited about this announcement.

"I've been toying with this idea for a few years and it's nice to pull it into fruition."

Mr Bowman said the $5million project would be funded by a Katter state government with land supplied by the Gold Coast City Council.

The building will be a tilt panel construction over 1500sqm.

That floor space may be spread over two levels depending on the location.



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