Judy Kean carefully unpacking the museum at the new storage facility.
Judy Kean carefully unpacking the museum at the new storage facility. Blainey Woodham

Tweed treasures get storage facility worth $600,000

TWEED River Regional Museum's valuable collection of historic items was made safe for future generations with the opening of a new $600,000 storage facility in South Murwillumbah yesterday.

Tweed mayor Barry Longland was on hand to open the facility which will house the entire collection in a secure, purpose designed and flood-free place.

Cr Longland said he was aware of the importance of the collections under the Tweed River Regional Museum's care to the local historical societies, their volunteers and the community.

"The memorandum of understanding between council and the three historical societies was signed in 2004 and the strategic plan that followed clearly identified the improved care of the collections and enhanced services for visitors and the community as a primary aim.

"The facility delivers handsomely on that aspiration and commitment.

"This is without doubt one of the best collection facilities in regional Australia," Cr Longland said.

Staff and volunteers begun moving the entire collection housed at the Murwillumbah Museum in Queensland Rd this year so construction could start on a $2.6 million extension to the museum.

The opening doubled as a presentation of certificates of appreciation to the 15 volunteers who assisted with the assessment and relocation project at Murwillumbah.

"These volunteers have worked tirelessly on the painstaking and I'm told, often dirty task of assessing, documenting and packing the collection at Murwillumbah," Cr Longland said.

Museum director Judy Kean said she would like to acknowledge the many other volunteers who had contributed so much over many years.

"What has become very palpable to me over the past year is the sustained passion for local history and heritage which so many historical society members, past and present, have invested in building what is a remarkable collection," Ms Kean said.

Recipients of the certificates of appreciation were Suellen Baker, Tony Clark, Mary Lee Connery, Kevin Dickson, Edna Doherty, Andrew Edwards, Noelene Harris, Martin King, Mal Leckie, Robert McKinnon, Fay O'Keeffe, Brian O'Keeffe, Janet Swift, Geoff Wilkes and Penelope Williams.

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