Hub 'essential' for museum's future

Long-time Tongarra Museum volunteer Kevin Gillis believes Shellharbour City Council's City Hub project will have huge benefits for the museum. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Long-time Tongarra Museum volunteer Kevin Gillis believes Shellharbour City Council's City Hub project will have huge benefits for the museum. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

THE future of Shellharbour City Council's only museum hinges on the City Hub project going ahead, according to one long-term volunteer.

The council has proposed that once the the project is finished, the operations of the Tongarra Museum would be moved from the current Albion Park location into the City Hub.

Oak Flats' Kevin Gillis has been volunteering at the museum for the past 22 years and believes the move is necessary for the survival of the museum.

"I would say it's essential for the future of the museum for it to move into the hub," Mr Gillis said.

"The current site has a number of problems, for one there's just simply a lack of space for exhibits and for storage in the building - and the location is an issue as well.

"It's out the back of the town and it's not socially safe either."

Mr Gillis spoke in favour of the Hub at a recent community meeting, but said he only did so to highlight how important the project was for the museum.

"I'd stayed out of it all until I saw people saying how bad it would be to move the museum and how it shouldn't be moved from Albion Park.

"Well firstly it's not Albion Park's museum, it's for all of Shellharbour so I think it's a good idea to have it in a central location.

"The other thing is that it's just going to have so many benefits to be located in the Hub.

"At the moment we can't attract any travelling exhibitions due to safety, but in the Hub we'll be able to do that.

"When we get coach groups coming through they want cafe facilities and things like that, that's something the Hub will offer that we can't at the moment."

Mr Gillis said he believed the idea put forward by the Albion Park Chamber of Commerce to have the museum site redeveloped following the move was a good idea.

"It would be good for Albion Park to be able to develop that site and make it more community friendly and safe," he said.

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