Museum project gets $5000 boost

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 21/02/2013
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EVERY CENT COUNTS: The Lions Club of Geraldine has donated $5000 to the Geraldine Historical Society’s museum extension. Club president Don McMurtrie, centre left, presents the cheque to society president Alison Hurley, centre right. Watching are, from left, Keith Inwood, Jean McIntosh, Cushla Flannery, Peter Robinson and Walter Watson.

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A $5000 cheque has brought the Geraldine Historical Society one step closer to completing its building extension project.

Lions Club of Geraldine members donated the cheque to society representatives on Tuesday.

Club president Don McMurtrie said he was impressed by the project, which has been a work in progress since the first donation was made in mid-2010.

"They've done exceedingly well for a little [town] like Geraldine."

Society president Alison Hurley said the latest donation would go a long way to getting the $630,000 project completed.

"We're $40,000 short. We've got enough to close [the building] in."

She said the past two years had proved a challenge, but patience was finally paying off.

"Times are difficult. If it had been before the [February 22] earthquake we would have been home and hosed - a piece of cake."

However, tighter restrictions had caused delays, along with a paper trail that was transferred from Christchurch to Dunedin because of the earthquakes.

Now the future is looking much brighter.

"It's fantastic," Mrs Hurley said of the latest donation.

"It gives us some play money. It really is fantastic because we have term deposits we didn't want to break, so this helps us."

Some of the $5000 might go towards upgrading insulation, she said.

Society members are getting excited about the finer details of their extended building as the framework starts to take shape.

"We are looking at solar technology because we believe we've got to be sustainable.

"We're certainly looking at the latest technology for sustainable running costs. We think it's really important that we do that," Mrs Hurley said.

The aim of the extension was to make room for displaying the many items filed away in storage.

The proposed plans for the extensions include 191 square metres of new exhibition space and a lift to transport people to a second floor.

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