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27 April, 2020

Mick Borzi steps down from the Mareeba Heritage Centre.

Mick Borzi steps down from the Mareeba Heritage Centre.

By Phil Brandel

Mick Borzi who was one of the original four people to establish the Mareeba Heritage Centre and Visitor Information Centre (MHC) has stepped down as the Chair of the organisation effective April 9 2020.  

Mr Bozi told the Express “I had different views on a couple of subjects that I considered were important, the board voted for them and I felt that I should not continue as a board member,” he said

“I resigned there and then”, its believed that Mr Borzi’s resignation was accepted immediately.

“I intended to stay on as the chair until the 25th anniversary which is in October, but I couldn’t agree with two matters of significant importance, that the board agreed to.

“So after nearly 60 years of public service I have decided to retire.”

Mr Borzi wouldn’t  be drawn on the matters that brought his resignation to a head only saying “They should be treated as confidential.”

In a written statement the MHC have expressed their “deep regret” at the decision made by Mr Mick Borzi.

“Mr Borzi played an invaluable role on our Committee”, said Janet Greenwood, Manager of the Centre.

“Committee members thank Mr Borzi for his contribution and are appreciative that during this time he oversaw a period of change and continued expansion,

“His deep interest in the Mareeba community benefited our team and our Centre.  While I am sorry he can no longer serve on the committee, I am thankful that he gave us his time during this period”.

Mick Borzi opened the Centre as Chairman on 14 October 1995.  Current Committee Member, Mr Tito Srhoj, will assume the role of Acting Chair until the next Annual General Meeting.

The MHC Management Committee also announced that it will open its retail shop this week along with the Mareeba Heritage Coffee House offering a takeaway service.

Last week the MHC also launched their @pledgelocalmareeba Facebook page, aimed at helping the community connect with Mareeba businesses that remain trading.  The Facebook page is where local businesses can post their trading hours, specials and business offers.  The MHC is also planning on publishing an e-Newsletter to help the community connect.

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