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At Lightning Ridge in outback NSW, we're going to construct an extraordinary building filled with glittering treasures from the earth. At the Australian Opal Centre you will marvel at precious opal gemstones in every colour of the rainbow and the world's greatest public collection of fossils made of opal - rare and valuable relics from the Age of Dinosaurs. And you'll share in the stories of resilience, ingenuity, mateship and humour for which people of the opal fields are famous.

All of this, in a groundbreaking, sustainable building that is the long-awaited masterwork of renowned Australian architects Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin.

This remarkable community project is managed by Lightning Ridge Opal and Fossil Centre Incorporated, a not-for-profit group with supporters across Australia and in eight other countries. The people of the opal fields have so far donated items worth more than $2.4 million to our national collection, over $850,000 in cash and countlesss hours of work. With support from local, state and Australian governments they have developed a magnificent national collection and acquired a beautiful and historic site on the famous Three Mile opal field.

The Australian Opal Centre is a gift to the world from the people of the Australian opal fields. Now, we need your help to achieve our magnificent building. You can build a 21st century architectural icon and set a world record for the biggest crowdfunded project ever.

$28.5 million is required to construct the Australian Opal Centre. All we need is a million people to give $30 each, or 300,000 people to give $100 each. We can do it!

Give what you can, and we'll create a priceless treasure for you, your family, friends and generations to come. And we will record your name in a magnificent book dedicated to the people who brought the Australian Opal Centre into being. This book will be displayed at the Centre and you will be invited to come and sign it beside your name.

The Australian Opal Centre will be a global focus for research and promotion of Australia's National Gemstone, an international tourism asset, world class architectural icon and a dynamic stimulus to economic and cultural development in Australia's opal producing states of NSW, Queensland and South Australia – and beyond.

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Thank you for helping to build the Australian Opal Centre!

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GET YOUR EXCLUSIVE

DINO CLAY MEDALLION

Donate $30 or more and

 we'll send you a 

 Dinosaur Clay Medallion,

hand made exclusively

for donors to the 

Australian Opal Centre

Building Fund

using clay from the

Lightning Ridge

opal mines.

 

Each medallion has a year date

and has a unique serial number.

 

An AOC dino clay medallion

is a badge of honour - 

 

AND every medallion

gives you chance to WIN 

in AOC prize draws! 

 

Start collecting them now.

Start collecting them now!

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Want to know more about the Australian Opal Centre? Visit http://www.australianopalcentre.com

Recent Donations

  • Susie Marosszeky I hope this great idea becomes reality in my lifetime - would love to see it. $31.80 27/02/2015
  • Lillian Bullard $250.00 25/02/2015
  • Caitlin Carte $31.80 5/02/2015

Top Donations

  • Sue and David Reardon and Family Time to change up a gear - let's get going... $2,000.00
  • Lomax Opals I wish the Australian Opal Centre every success. $1,000.00
  • Paul and Pauline de Lepervanche The Australian Opal Centre will be a wonderful thing - as good as or better than the Stockman's Hall of Fame or the Somerville Collection. Why aren't Gina Reinhardt, Andrew Forrest, Nathan Tinkler and Clive Palmer getting behind it!?! $1,000.00

 



Supporters Amount Message
Susie Marosszeky $31.80 I hope this great idea becomes reality in my lifetime - would love to see it.
Lillian Bullard $250.00
Caitlin Carte $31.80
Ian James $106.00
Kay Jarrett $31.80
Noelle Dean $53.00
Bruce Cook $30.00
Roland Beckett $35.00
Heather Hooper $30.00
Jane Clain $30.00
June Cooper $30.00
Eva Knysz $30.00
Mark John Fitzpatrick $30.00
Robina Boardman $30.00
Peter Woodbridge $30.00
Tom Fauske $50.00
Elena Vitale $30.00
Judith O'Connor $30.00
Grae Meyer-Gleaves $50.00
Theresa Fox $30.00
Karen Webster $30.00
John Carter $30.00
Norma Thorburn $30.00
Diane Temple $30.00
Isabella Watt $30.00
Helen Croft $30.00
Alison & Richard Binns $60.00
Kevin Squires $30.00
Patrick Cairney $30.00
Kevin Williams $30.00
Thomas Thorburn $30.00
Thomas Thorburn $30.00
Kim Thorpe $30.00
Diane Worland $30.00
Janet Town $85.00
Dianne Barnes $35.00
Margaret Saunders $30.00
Stephen Allan $30.00
Terry Blanch $30.00
Museum Appreciation Society $100.00
John Watkins $30.00
Jan Grant $30.00
Garry Burton $30.00
David Traudt $171.00
Roddy, Ken & Phoebe Bell $100.00
Leonie Smith $30.00
Catherine Bye $106.00
John T. Thomas $50.00
Jodie Saville $30.00
Mike Wright $30.00
Philip Washington $30.00
Susan Dickenson $30.00
Frank Petersson $30.00
Sandra Amoore $100.00 October is my birthday thus opals are my stone. Just love the colours. Hope the fundraising goes well.
Kelly Gould $30.00
Heather Beames $30.00
Sebastian & Hanna Deisenberger $100.00 Good Luck with the Opal center
Daniela L'Abbate $50.00
Down to Earth Opals $775.00 We have a super cool team working on this project, GO, check it out! DON'T WAIT PEOPLE! DO IT NOW! CLICK DONATE NOW! Love your work Australian Opal Centre!
Lisa Carroll $100.00 WOW, just saw the sight today - exciting! GO have a look!!
Sue and David Reardon and Family $2,000.00 Time to change up a gear - let's get going...
Ian Kearns $300.00 Mineko and Ian wish the team at the Australian Opal Centre all the success that they deserve for putting together this fantastic project.
Maury Swanson $30.00 Something fantastic is going on at the Ridge.
Laila and Connor Swanson $30.00 We're 7 year old twins who love opal fossils.
Mary-Anne Binnie $30.00
Andrew Thomas $50.00 Lightning Ridge is a wonderful place with a wonderful history based around wonderful things dug out of the ground!
Opals Australia $1,000.00 Opal is one of the most beautiful gemstones the world has seen. Its exuberance and vibrancy touches everyone privileged to experience its true beauty. Opals Australia, a leader in opals and the promotion of opal jewellery worldwide, proudly supports the Australian Opal Centre as it promotes opal in Australia and across the world.
Les Angell $10.00 A donation from Australian Opal Centre member Les Angell.
Kristine Peters $50.00 Good luck with the cause Jenny, let's get the Opal Centre on the Australian map!
Anonymous $30.00
Barbara Gasch and Doug Brook $1,000.00 Barbara Gasch and Doug Brook from White Cliffs are supporting the Australian Opal Centre - it is time to save and display the many wonderful and unique opalized specimen that are found in different Australian Opal fields...remember - OPAL is our NATIONAL GEMSTONE -
Lightning Ridge District Bowling Club $1,000.00 Lightning Ridge Bowling Club proudly supports the Australian Opal Centre andthe many other organisations that make this community great.
Les Craik $55.00 From Les of Wallsend.
Stephanie Chinneck $15.00 From Stephanie of Mona Vale, NSW.
Holly North $35.00 From Holly at Byron Bay.
Di Mackey $35.00 From Di at Byron Bay.
Rob Regan $55.00 From Rob of Eleebana.
Margaret and Ron Mansfield $100.00 Good luck - you're doing a great job.
Ann Brown $10.00 From Ann Brown, Opal FM - Rockin' the Ridges!
André Stucki $20.00 Opalised fossil are wonderful!
Daryl Williams $20.00 From Daryl of Boronia, Victoria.
Rhiannon Noltorp $5.00 Another donation from Rhiannon!
Pat and Ray Hafey $30.00 Our $30 to help build the Australian Opal Centre.
Karen Blackburn $15.00 With best wishes from Karen and Ken.
Mervyn Parkhill $15.00 All the best in your fundraising for the Opal Centre building. I hope to return some day for a visit to look around some old haunts.
Harold Fauske $5.00 From a regular visitor and former resident of Lightning Ridge.
Brian Crisp $100.00 From Australian Opal Centre member Brian Crisp.
Jenny & Brian Milton $20.00 Visitors to the AOC's Morilla St exhibition - looking forward to coming back with the grandkids.
Roger Black $10.00 Three cheers for a worthwhile cause!
Josef & Julia Schellnegger $100.00 Best wishes from Joe and Julia Schellnegger.
Betty Lecudennec $5.00 From Betty of Lightning Ridge.
Vivianne & Frank Palmer $100.00 Glad it's on the move - well done!
Anonymous $100.00 A much appreciated donation from an anomymous donor.
Lisa Bohach $100.00
Daniela L'Abbate $30.00 ..and another drop :)
Arthur Singe $150.00
Patrice Rey $100.00 Our National Gemstone deserves to have an Australian Opal Centre. Best of luck. Patrice
Mike Wright $30.00
Shirley Pope $20.00 From Shirley Pope, Grawin, a great supporter of the Australian Opal Centre.
Paul Young $10.00 Please support the Australian Opal Centre for ALL it offers!