New light­ing and cool­ing for mu­seum

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY EMMA PRIOR

The Mul­wala Pi­o­neer Mu­seum is even brighter and cooler as a re­sult of an up­grade to the build­ing’s air con­di­tion­ing and light­ing.

The works were a re­sult of the mu­seum re­ceiv­ing $50,000 in fund­ing from Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Stronger Com­mu­nity Grant.

The Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety put for­ward an ap­pli­ca­tion for the grant for their up­grades a few months ago through Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Project Con­sul­tant Deanne Drage and were suc­cess­ful in gain­ing the grant.

“One of the rea­sons be­hind us putting in an ap­pli­ca­tion was be­cause we used to only open of a morn­ing in the sum­mer be­cause it was so hot in the mu­seum,” Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­ber Bruce McKean said.

“We wanted to be able to have the same open­ing time all year round and we also wanted to make it bet­ter for our vol­un­teers who work here.

“As well with the light­ing our bills were far too high and this new light­ing is much more eco­nom­i­cal be­ing LED.

“We’ve now got ten air con­di­tion­ers where we used to only have three so it is much more com­fort­able.”

Bruce said the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety had been think­ing of get­ting the works done for many years but had not been able to af­ford it so they were now im­mensely grate­ful to the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil and Deanne in par­tic­u­lar for help­ing them be­come the re­cip­i­ent of the funds.

“Deanne helped us mas­sively through the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Grant by help­ing us with the ap­pli­ca­tion and ap­ply­ing and we are very grate­ful to her,” Bruce said.

“We got a lot of sup­port from the Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil for the whole thing, with many mem­bers be­ing very help­ful and kind to us so we would just like to say thank you.”

Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin and Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke were spe­cial guests to the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony where they both spoke on their plea­sure that the grant money was go­ing to such a worth­while cause and to­gether un­veiled the recog­ni­tion sign at the mu­seum en­try.

“The pur­pose of the funds is to build more vi­brant, sus­tain­able and in­clu­sive lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and for such a lo­calised busi­ness to re­ceive it is just fan­tas­tic,” Cr Bourke said.

“On be­half of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil I would like to con­grat­u­late the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety on im­prov­ing their heat­ing, cool­ing and light­ing at the Pi­o­neer Mu­seum for the com­fort of vis­i­tors and vol­un­teers alike as well as to en­sure vis­i­tors for many years to come.”

Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin and Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke un­veil­ing the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Grant recog­ni­tion sign out­side the Pi­o­neer Mu­seum.

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