Moss­man Botanic Gar­den chief gains mo­men­tous meet­ing with Min­is­ter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FROM PAGE ONE MBG chair­man John Sul­li­van sees it as a ma­jor ad­vance for the pro­ject.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing that he is on board,” Mr Sul­li­van said yes­ter­day.

Re­gard­ing the meet­ing with Min­is­ter Nash, he said “We’re very for­tu­nate this meet­ing is hap­pen­ing. What we want to know is what do they need from us in or­der for us to get in­fra­struc­ture grants.

“We’ve had some good in­depth dis­cus­sions to get to this point and War­ren has been do­ing his bit in Can­berra and we know they are aware of us here.

“They gave us $1.4m for the land and the amaz­ing Master Plan work. You know they don’t just do that and ex­pect the en­tire thing to fly. So they’ve been wait­ing for us to get our ducks in a row with busi­ness plan­ning and struc­ture.

Re­becca Pearse and Sh­eryl Burchill have been work­ing re­ally hard on get­ting mem­ber­ship mov­ing. He said the MBG had more than 60 mem­bers and he hoped to reach more than 1000 in a year or two.

The mem­ber­ship is $1 a week.

“What we want is for peo­ple to buy in,” Mr Sul­li­van said.

“This is us fund­ing our­selves. For lo­cals to buy in with mem­ber­ship at this early stage is so im­por­tant.”

The com­mit­tee be­lieves it needs $20 mil­lion to cre­ate the first part of the mas­ter­plan – the front sec­tion with the wet­lands, Betty Hin­ton Gallery, Yalanji gallery, in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, some ad­min space, and a restau­rant which they could lease out.

With com­pa­ra­ble fund­ing it would the abil­ity com­plete “the front bit” of the mas­ter­plan – around 19 sep­a­rate gar­dens, which would have sep­a­rate spon­sors.

“That way when we go to see big­ger or­gan­i­sa­tions or phi­lan­thropists, then it’s eas­ier be­cause we’ve al­ready got some­thing on the ground and fed­eral gov­ern­ment buy in.”

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