Interactive visual digital display to tell the stories of Gladstone

THE Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) are proud to announce the Gladstone Globe, an interactive digital visual walkway, is officially going ahead and is expected to be operational and open to the public in Gladstone by August, 2019.

The Gladstone Globe is based on Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) building the ‘CUBE’ which has digital interactive screens used to create a fun, learning environment that involves the whole community of any age.

GEA chief executive officer Julie Gelder said the Gladstone Globe will be the first interactive digital display in Central Queensland situated at the Gladstone City Arcade at 69 Goondoon St, and will feature fun and informative interactive experiences for visitors, the community, and industry.

“The old cliché ‘look but don’t touch’ no longer applies. Instead you will now be able to give visitors a much more hands-on experience through the use of touch screen interactivity,” Ms Gelder said.

“The GEA envisage the Gladstone Globe will bring people to an area not traditionally visited because what interactive and digital displays bring is the start of conversations and collaborations across the community through the use of technology.

The Gladstone Globe has been made possible through the local LNG industry, the Gladstone Regional Council and government support, but would not have been possible without the assistance of Federal Government funding.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd delivered more than $148,000 to cover half the cost of the project, which will be the only one of its type in Central Queensland.

“This type of technology will make the GEA Arcade a real drawcard for visitors to the city, promoting the area’s tourism, community and educational facilities and attractions,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“This is the type of innovative project our town does so well, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the Gladstone Globe in action a little later this year.”

Ms Gelder added the aim of the Gladstone Globe is to create an interactive and educational creative space that brings locals and visitors to the CBD in line with the Gladstone Regional Council’s Jump Start City Heart program.

“The high definition digital display has the possibility to feature practically anything from the Reef and Heron Island to local agriculture and the diversity of our industry in the region,” she said.

“For example, the Gladstone Globe will provide information about the Great Barrier Reef which will enable users to explore the underwater reef world through multi-touch screen technologies and learn about the species that live in the reef ecosystems.

“The GEA feel the Gladstone Globe will not only entertain and interact with people but educate them about the great achievements and abilities of the people that live here, but most importantly promote the region as a great place to live, work, play and invest”

Top picture: the Cube at QUT. The Gladstone Globe will be smaller in size but use the same technology.

Picture: Federal member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd,  Gavin Winter (QUT), and GEA cheif executive officer Julie Gelder at the Gladstone City Arcade where the Gladstone Globe will be built.

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