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The Slim Dusty Centre project is an exciting initiative, which will be a fitting tribute to celebrate and commemorate Australian Icon and Country Music legend, Slim Dusty AO MBE, in his birthplace of Kempsey, New South Wales. The Slim Dusty Centre will be a world class centre, of national significance, depicting the life and achievements of Slim and the way in which his music has reflected the changing face of Australia. The first stage of the Slim Dusty Centre will be an exciting and innovative museum, café/dining area and museum shop. In November 2005, the Honourable Tony Kelly, MLC, Minister for Lands, made the exciting announcement of the new site for the Slim Dusty Centre, being 12.08 hectares of Crown Land on the Pacific Highway at South Kempsey.

This site has been enhanced by an additional 5 acres of land secured by the Foundation in January 2007, to provide optimum highway frontage and increased exposure for the Centre. Currently, the project has entered a very exciting phase. The new design on the fresh site has developed into an inspiring creation, that in itself, will become a National Icon.

From here, it is a relatively short journey to the famous Pub With No Beer at Taylor 's Arm, and as a package, these destinations will create an inspiring and fulfilling tourist experience.

Slim, his wife Joy McKean OAM, and their family, have always been steadfast in their commitment to the project, both personally and financially, with Slim being intimately involved throughout the planning and approval process, until his sad passing on the 19th of September, 2003, which ultimately deeply affected the entire country, with waves of condolences from throughout the nation and indeed, the world.

"Joy and I look forward to the eventual opening of a venture that will showcase not just my music and my life, but the role that Australian Country Music has played in the culture of the North Coast of NSW, and indeed, Australia.

I believe too, that it will be of great benefit to the town of Kempsey and the district of the Macleay Valley."

Slim Dusty AO MBE - January 2003


Establishment of the Slim Dusty Centre will be a fulfillment of a long held, though distant, dream. Slim and I have always wanted a home for the memorabilia of a lifetime spent on the road throughout the length and breadth of a country we both love. We have always hoped, too, for every person who hears our music to understand the real Australia , and the Australians whose lives we have tried to put into song. Hopefully, the Slim Dusty Centre will provide an insight into this Australia of ours; will be a centre of pride to the Macleay Valley; will be a living example of everything that makes this nation unique to the world. A huge wish, but one that I believe we can accomplish. I see it as a friendly celebration of Slim’s long career, his wonderful music and how our songs have constantly reflected the changing face of urban and outback Australia. I also see it as something embodying Slim’s special, personal feelings for the Macleay Valley.

Joy McKean OAM
Songwriter & Performer

Chair Slim Dusty Foundation

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