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WINNER: Texas Qld Inc. for Restoration of Texas Rabbit Works
Located near Queensland’s southern border, the Texas Rabbit Works is the last intact example of a rabbit processing plant left in Australia. Texas Qld Inc. purchased the Rabbit Works in 2002, which at the time was in a state of serious disrepair. To save this important piece of Australian history, volunteers began restorations through funding secured from various grants and donations. In 2015, major funding was received to complete the restoration, and the unique historical venue opened in May 2017.
Texas Rabbit Works tells the story of rabbits in plague proportions in Australia from the 1930s to the 1960s, and the subsequent processing of rabbits as a major industry, exporting to England and America.
The Rabbit Works not only records local history but also references the industry throughout Australia. It has facilities for the collection and recording of individual stories to add to the historical content of the displays. The Rabbit Works has been well supported by the community and the organisation is actively developing its capacity to make it a ‘must-see’ tourist attraction for the region.