New review for historic Noosa Museum
A REVIEW of the future direction of Noosa Museum, including the vital need for more space, is to be conducted by Noosa Council and the managers of the museum, the Cooroora Historical Society.
According to Council's community services director, Alan 'Fox' Rogers, council has been "getting its internal house in order since de-amalgamation".
"It is now time to start on external matters and one of these is the museum. We've said to its board we would like to give you our support and work with you.
"There is funding available from the Heritage Levy which we can use to prepare and implement a strategic plan which we want to have ready by next March.
"We have already put aside $20,000 in this year's budget and we're hoping to employ a consultant from Queensland Museum who has experience working with small museums.
"There's a range of questions regarding the future of the museum and, once we have an agreed plan, we are prepared to assist with some funding."
Visit Noosa Museum at Pomona and the first thing that's clear is the building is too small to house and display to advantage the many rare heritage artefacts, photographs and literature that tell the story of the shire.
The building dates back to 1910 and was used as Noosa Council Chambers until the council moved to Tewantin in 1980. In 1985 it was established as a museum.
Society president Jeanette Alfredson told Seniors she saw the council's support as a "positive move.
During amalgamation we sent development submissions to the Sunshine Coast Council for an additional building and space for parking.
"Following de-amalgamation we repeated our requests to Noosa Council but, apart from a small amount of operational funding, it has always been a no, no, no to any submissions made to both councils over the last 10 years and more. These lack of outcomes are a shire community loss."
She said: "The museum provides a heritage history for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures, including the history of Noosa Shire Council. Fifteen per cent of our visitors come from outside Noosa.
"We're getting large school visits coming through as part of national education curriculum. I think it is very important for young students to see displays and touch implements their grandparents or great grandparents or the pioneers used."