07 May 2021

Media release

Stockland and the Australian Museum have teamed up to tour a one-of-a-kind Sharks exhibition across a number of Stockland’s New South Wales and Queensland retail town centres.

Split into three sections, Sharks offers customers a unique chance to explore a range of shark species including those that are extinct or endangered. The exhibition combines contemporary science with life-size models and compelling narrative to help educate customers on the importance of sharks in our ecosystem.

Stockland Wetherill Park will host the tour for the month of May located near Big W. The exhibition has completed its tours at Stockland Burleigh Heads and Stockland Hervey Bay in Queensland.

Centre Manager at Stockland Wetherill Michael Iraninejad, said that the centre was thrilled to offer the exhibit to customers.

“It’s great that we can once again work with the Australian Museum to offer Stockland customers a chance to get up close and personal with some incredible life-size shark models, and to learn about these powerful creatures in a fun and educational way.”

Director and CEO, Australian Museum, Ms Kim McKay AO, said sharks and their cousins have been around for 400 million years and yet we still have much to learn about them.

“To look at a shark is to see a great example of evolutionary success. Whether they are disguising themselves on the reef floor or swimming at 70 kilometre per hour after a school of fish, sharks are perfectly adapted to their environment.

“We are pleased to partner once again with Stockland touring these new displays of replica specimens, providing the opportunity to learn and appreciate the invaluable role that sharks play in our oceans.”

The innovative exhibit was designed and built in collaboration with a team of scientists to bring a range of shark species to life, including the legendary and extinct megalodon. Customers will even have the chance to snap a selfie in front of the monstrous jaws of the megalodon.

Mr Iraninejad continued: “The exhibit also explores the effects of factors such as evolving ecosystems on sharks as a species. That, coupled with some incredible visual, audio and tactile fun, we know it will be a huge hit with customers of all ages.

“It’s exciting that we’re able to organise something a bit different like this to bring the community together and provide them with a fun and educational experience.”

Customers also have an opportunity to enter a competition for a chance to win a $10,000 holiday swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. T&Cs apply, please visit australian.museum/win for more details.

*Please visit www.stockland.com.au/wetherillpark for more information and the full schedule of events.