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LABOR COMMITMENT TO PRESERVE VICKERS VIMY

May 11, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government is proud to announce we will deliver $2 million to protect and preserve South Australia’s historic Vickers Vimy aircraft.


South Australians have campaigned to preserve a triumphant moment in South Australian history, ensuring the story of the Vickers Vimy can be passed on for generations to come.

This commitment from Labor will rightly conserve one of South Australia’s icons.

During World War I, Semaphore locals, Ross and Keith Smith, made history in 1919 as the first aviators to fly from England to Australia in their famous Vickers Vimy aircraft.

This huge feat was achieved amidst the grief and upheaval associated with World War I, and delivered the community joy and pride.

This year marks the centenary of this flight, and all South Australians will be able to celebrate this momentous time in history.

Labor will work with Adelaide Airport and the State Government to ensure South Australia’s pioneering aviation history will be showcased at a prominent location at the airport which will be seen by millions of tourists and South Australians alike.

This election is a choice between Labor’s plans to invest in our communities, or three more years of cuts and chaos under the Liberals.

End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote Labor.

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