Minister, say ‘yes’
THE Mossman Botanic Garden project took a major step this morning with a meeting between its Chairman president John Sullivan, MP for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, and federal minister for regional development Fiona Nash.
The meeting was specifically aimed at selling the MBG project to the minister, with an eye on securing $10 million funding from the $297.7 million Building Better Regions fund.
Under the rules of the BBR fund, the minister cannot talk to applicants once they have lodged their application.
It has been a key part of the MBG strategy to gain governmental buy-in on the project.
It’s first target is to secure around $20 million to create the first stage of the huge gardens project.
MP Warren Entsch, who points out his backing for the project ever since its inception, stresses that dollar-for-dollar grants, with solid contributions from the public, could see the project raise $20 million if the BBR fund comes up with $10 million.
There has been significant progress on the garden project behind the scenes, notably with the recruitment of former JCU academic Dr Russell Joshua, who has offered to givesome of his time for free in helping the MBG with its fundraising activities.