Reef mu­seum floated

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT’S been a long road for An­nika Grun­wald and her dream of an Airlie Beach mu­seum but it’s now closer than ever be­fore to be­com­ing a re­al­ity.

A fundraiser will be held at the Airlie Beach Swim Cen­tre next week­end to raise money for the Airlie Reef Heart Mu­seum and Ms Grun­wald is hop­ing the money raised can go to­wards find­ing it a home.

The founder of the Airlie Beach Aquatic Reef Club has been work­ing on the con­cept for years but has been un­able to se­cure the nec­es­sary fi­nan­cial sup­port.

“The idea is to cre­ate a com­mu­nity-based mu­seum where ev­ery­one can get in­volved,” she said.

The mu­seum would fea­ture a his­tory of Airlie Beach with a fo­cus on the Great Bar­rier Reef in­clud­ing preser­va­tion projects and reef ed­u­ca­tion based on un­der­stand­ing its ecosys­tems.

Ms Grun­wald said she hoped to be able to ed­u­cate the world about the Whit­sun­day ecosys­tem.

“There’s a Proser­pine mu­seum but there’s noth­ing for Airlie. We need some­thing for the com­mu­nity. It can help with jobs, help peo­ple stay longer in town and ben­e­fit the reef,” she said.

The fundrais­ing event will be staged at the Airlie Beach Swim Cen­tre from 11am-4pm on Sun­day, June 18.

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