A multi-million-dollar expansion and renovation of Tweed Regional Museum in Murwillumbah enters its final stage today, with a ceremony to hand over the keys to museum representatives.
Delegates of building contractor Ware Building handed over the keys to Museum Director Judy Kean, in a
ceremony at the upgraded building in Queensland Road.
Ware Building moved off site in late April after spending just over 12 months completing the new architecturally-designed addition and refurbishment of the former Tweed Shire Council chambers, which was originally constructed in 1915.
"This is a very exciting time. The key handover marks progress to the final phase of this extensive
redevelopment project," according to the Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Barry Longland, who attended the
“Work on-site has moved very smoothly and we are very pleased with the result."
Ms Kean said the project began in earnest in February 2012, with the cataloguing and packing of the museum collection in preparation for the upgrade.
This was followed by demolition of a number of outbuildings and construction of a large retaining wall to allow construction of the museum extension to begin. Preparations have also included construction of a new climate-controlled facility to store the collection while
the extension is completed and to provide added flexibility in exhibitions of the collection.
"It is satisfying to reach this stage of a carefully scheduled sequence of events," she said.
"An enormous amount has been achieved, thanks to the dedication of many volunteers, Council staff, building contractors and Museum staff, and it's timely to reflect on just how much has been achieved so far. "We are nonetheless very aware that a great deal also remains to be done, but we are most definitely on the home stretch," she said.
"The work of Museum staff, volunteers and specialist museum contractors now enters a particularly intense phase. We have already identified and prepared over 200 collection items for display, with a similar number still to be worked on."
During May and June, a range of community groups and Museum partners will have the opportunity to visit the Museum for a preview of the new-look building before the installation of new displays begins.
“New showcases will then be delivered and installed in July, before the very final phase of installing the new displays,” Ms Kean said. The Museum is scheduled to re-open to the community in late August this year. For further information visit museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au