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.
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.