Cash for our museums
EFFORTS by volunteers of the Port of Yamba Historical Society to raise enough money to replace the badly corroded roof at the Yamba Museum have finally been realised with a $10,000 grant from the NSW Government helping them reach the magic figure.
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis visited the museum recently to announce the grant and praised the work the volunteers put into making the museum one of the state's best.
"Members of this award-winning museum have dedicated countless volunteer hours in collecting and preserving items of significance to Yamba and surrounding areas and I am thrilled to be able to announce this grant which will ensure these items are protected into the future.
"They have been fundraising since July this year and needed $33,000 to replace the roof.
"This is a significant achievement over a short period of time by a small group of active volunteers and I am pleased the NSW Government has been able to help them reach their fundraising goal by providing funding under its Arts and Cultural Development Program.
"This funding category encourages collaboration and partnerships with NSW Government support being matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis with other funding from local government, community groups and organisations,” Mr Gulaptis said.
President of the Yamba Museum, Marea Buist said it was the best Christmas present they could have hoped for as such a large expenditure had depleted all their savings.
"This grant along with the money we have raised in the local community now allows us to go ahead and replace the roof.
"We are not only ecstatic but also very grateful,” Mrs Buist said.
Also this week, the Lawrence Museum was awarded $1558 under the NSW Government's Volunteer Museum Small Grants Fund to purchase new display cases to exhibit war service items.
Mr Gulaptis, visited the museum to announce the grant to an excited group of hardworking volunteers.
"Our volunteer museums and keeping places - and the enthusiasts who staff them - keep alive our stories and community identity.
"This grant will allow the museum to purchase new display cases providing better visibility of the collection of war service items,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Secretary of the Lawrence Museum, Roz Jones said she was thrilled the museum was successful in its funding application as it would allow them to improve the current showcase of wartime memorabilia.