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Update On Jurassic Project On Portland Tonight


8:58am 7th November 2014

It's a project that will allow visitors to walk back through time and take in millions of years of the Earth's history.

The third community presentation on the Jurassic Project is being held tonight on Portland.

Michael Hanlon, the man behind the idea says it will have a similar draw to the Eden Project and will create 200 permanent jobs.

He's taking a question and answer sessions at the IPACA Royal Manor Campus from 7pm this evening.

The project has already been successful in attracting £300,000 funding from the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership towards the completion of a feasibility study.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council announced this week that they will now provide accommodation for Jurassica project officers at its offices and provide a letter of support for the project's Heritage Lottery Fund application.

Borough council Tourism and Culture Brief Holder Rachel Rogers said: "Jurassica is an ambitious project which could bring huge benefits to Portland and the wider area.

"It is still early days and using our offices as a local base will help the Jurassica team drive this project forward which could really help with putting Destination Portland on the map."

Jurassica plans to create a spectacular pre-historic attraction in an old quarry on Portland to showcase the Jurassic Coast.

It is backed by Sir David Attenborough and Eden Project creator Sir Tim Smit as well as Renzo Piano who recently completed the Shard in London.

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