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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


The $4.6 million Central Tablelands Collections Facility being built in Bathurst has received another boost from the NSW Government.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has announced an additional $100,000 will be made available to Bathurst Regional Council for the fit out of the state-of-the-art facility in Leena Street.

Mr Toole said the project is being jointly funded with $2.3 million coming from the NSW Government, matched with a further $2.3 million from Bathurst Regional Council.

“The Central Tablelands Collections Facility will be a purpose-built, large scale repository, conservation and learning facility for regional NSW,” he said.

“The facility will accommodate valuable and fragile collections, archives and other significant cultural items currently held under the custodial care of Bathurst Regional Council.

“It will also provide much-needed storage along with collection management services including cataloguing, preventative and material conservation treatment, curatorial inspection of collections, digitisation, virtual classroom and onsite learning facilities.”

Mr Toole said facility would cater for large collections through to collections from smaller regional volunteer run museums, historical societies, collection groups, education facilities and private collections.

“It will also enhance Bathurst Regional Council’s existing cultural industry partnerships with the University of Melbourne’s Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, M&G NSW Digitisation Project and outreach programs and The Australian Museum through the Somerville Collection,” he said.

"It will preserve precious artworks and historically significant pieces for future generations to enjoy."

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