Clock is ticking on museum roof issue

Tairawhiti Museum is under pressure to have a new roof installed in time for 2019 exhibitions.

Gisborne Museum of Art and History Trust chairman Michael Muir, in the museum’s annual report, told Gisborne District Council’s community development and services committee that the roof was originally scheduled for 2016-2017.

The roof was important and allowed the museum to continue as a successful tourism facility and safe repository for the region’s treasures.

Council contracts and asset manager Garrett Blair said staff were working diligently on the roof project. More extensive work was needed than originally envisaged and funding applications would have to be made to cover the shortfall in excess of the $400,000 budgeted for by the council.

Pat Seymour said the roof was critical. She knew through her experiences with Lawson Field Theatre that it could take time to complete the roof. A report on “timeframes” was required early in the New Year.

GDC director of liveable communities Andrew White said time was a significant concern and that a report would be available at the next meeting.

Shannon Dowsing said council funding for the museum was rapidly increasing. He ‘‘absolutely’’ supported the museum. It was the best regional museum he had seen but alternative sources of funding was required.

Museum director Eloise Wallace said it had otherwise been a fantastic year. The museum had recorded high satisfaction results from residents and tourists. The first year of free admission for local residents had proved successful, with strong visitor numbers and minimal impact on budget.

Admission income was only $986 less than the previous year.

Tairawhiti Museum is under pressure to have a new roof installed in time for 2019 exhibitions.

Gisborne Museum of Art and History Trust chairman Michael Muir, in the museum’s annual report, told Gisborne District Council’s community development and services committee that the roof was originally scheduled for 2016-2017.

The roof was important and allowed the museum to continue as a successful tourism facility and safe repository for the region’s treasures.

Council contracts and asset manager Garrett Blair said staff were working diligently on the roof project. More extensive work was needed than originally envisaged and funding applications would have to be made to cover the shortfall in excess of the $400,000 budgeted for by the council.

Pat Seymour said the roof was critical. She knew through her experiences with Lawson Field Theatre that it could take time to complete the roof. A report on “timeframes” was required early in the New Year.

GDC director of liveable communities Andrew White said time was a significant concern and that a report would be available at the next meeting.

Shannon Dowsing said council funding for the museum was rapidly increasing. He ‘‘absolutely’’ supported the museum. It was the best regional museum he had seen but alternative sources of funding was required.

Museum director Eloise Wallace said it had otherwise been a fantastic year. The museum had recorded high satisfaction results from residents and tourists. The first year of free admission for local residents had proved successful, with strong visitor numbers and minimal impact on budget.

Admission income was only $986 less than the previous year.

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