Mossman Botanic Garden chief gains momentous meeting with Minister
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.”