Australia’s leading centre for promoting science and technology, Questacon, has been shortlisted to be represented on Hasbro’s popular board game, Monopoly.
The centre, which was opened in Canberra in 1988 at a cost of $20 million with a grant from Japan, has been selected as a potential landmark location to be characterised in the game by the Australian Capital Territory’s tourism agency, VisitCanberra.
It’s all part of Hasbro’s planned make-over of the globally recognised board game to feature well-known locations on the new Monopoly Australia board.
And according to Questacon, it’s up to the public to decide which locations appear on the board.
The board’s creator, Hasbro Australia, has invited each state and territory’s tourism office to nominate up to five well-known landmarks and locations.
And Questacon is taking an active role in campaigning for itself to win a spot on the revamped board, by installing a Monopoly voting kiosk in the Questacon foyer with ‘Mr Monopoly’ on hand to cast the first vote.
Questacon visitor relations manager, Tristan Hoffmeister said it was an honour to be nominated for a spot on the ‘much-loved game board’.
“All of the nominated landmarks have such great importance around Australia, and we’re thrilled that Questacon was considered to be amongst these amazing locations,” Mr Hossmeister said.
She said playing Monopoly with her family was a memorable part of her childhood, “one which I now continue with my own family”.
“For Questacon to be nominated and potentially feature on the new board would be just amazing,” he said.
To encourage visitors to cast their vote for the centre, they can get a photo with a ‘Get out of jail’ photo board amongst Monopoly houses and hotels and giant dice while casting their vote.
Of course, ‘Mr Monopoly’ will make appearances at Questacon over the coming weeks.
The voting period is from 1–22 November 2016. People can vote at the kiosk in the Questacon foyer or online.