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16 July, 2021

Maintenance team to benefit from donations

A DEDICATED quartet of volunteers that manage the upkeep of the busy and extremely popular Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre have been gifted a number of brand-new items thanks to the generosity of the Local Lions Club and another fellow men’s group.

By Michael Warren

A DEDICATED quartet of volunteers that manage the upkeep of the busy and extremely popular Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre have been gifted a number of brand-new items thanks to the generosity of the Local Lions Club and another fellow men’s group. 

In recent days Mareeba Lions Club handed over a $1200 donation which the centre duly used to purchase electrical tools, including drills, routers, grinders, sanders and other essential equipment. 

The purchased goods will be regularly used by the centre’s volunteer maintenance team to maintain the premise. The acquired tools will be housed inside the centre’s newly constructed shed, or as it’s also known, the “Joinery Works” building. 

“Joinery Works” is a reference to well-known community member George Frederick Smith. The new shed will ensure a safe workspace for the team and recognises the ongoing and increased workload encountered by the maintenance team since the centre became a self-governing corporation back in 2016. 

In addition, the Mareeba Men’s Leisure group also contributed $800 to the project while the centre also paid thanks and welcomed the generosity of community member Gordon Redding, who after a spring clean of his shed, also personally offered a range of items to be donated, used and housed in the Joinery Works building. 

“Mareeba Lions was approached by a few volunteer maintenance workers at the Mareeba Heritage Centre in relation to purchasing some workshop tools for the new shed recently built for the maintenance section,” Mareeba Lions president Rico Cabassi explained to The Express. 

“As such I mentioned that as a priority we invest as much locally raised funds as possible back into the community of Mareeba. 

“The Heritage Centre is a landmark for tourists and locals and a credit to Mareeba. 

“Mareeba Lions are proud to issue a donation of $1200 towards the tools which will assist with the ongoing upkeep and displays. 

“Prior to donating to the tools Mareeba Lions purchased a defibrillator for the Mareeba Heritage Centre.” 

Mareeba Heritage Centre President Tito Srhoj said he was exceptionally grateful for the donations from both local community groups. 

“I want to thank both groups for their extremely kind donation and make particular mention of how important they continue to be to the framework of the Centre,” Mr Srhoj said. 

“The Board along with the maintenance team are very appreciative of the much-needed funds donated by the Mareeba Lions Club and Men’s Leisure Group.”


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