Model of museum to cost $4500

A SCALE model of a proposed new Tweed regional museum is to be built at a cost of $4500, despite warnings from Tweed Shire Greens Party councillor Katie Milne that the costs of the final project have “the potential to blow out enormously”.

Councillors have given the green light to architects to prepare the model to be housed in a special display case and put on public exhibition, probably early next year.

After feedback from the public, most councillors then hope to give the go-ahead for the new building, which would be erected on Flagstaff Hill at Tweed Heads.

Cr Milne was the only one opposed to preparing the model, saying $4500 seemed a lot of money for the work.

“I don’t like the idea of spending $4000 when we are so bereft we can’t afford a koala plan of management,” she said.

“I don’t think this is really a goer. I don’t believe there is whole-hearted community support for this project.

“It’s not that I don’t support museums. It’s awider issue for the whole community.”

Cr Joan van Lieshout said she believed the proposed design was “fantastic” and supported amodel being made up for the public to give their opinion, adding her only concern was “down the road we are going to say this museum isn’t large enough”.

Cr Dot Holdom said it was time to “get the model done and ask people what they think”.

“It’s time to move forward, move on,” Cr Holdom added.

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