HIGH: Gallery volunteer Brian Hanson balances at the top of the ladder.
HIGH: Gallery volunteer Brian Hanson balances at the top of the ladder.

Council teeters on gallery funds edge

WITH a high level of corporate risk for Gympie Regional Council as outlined in a recent report, Gympie Regional Gallery volunteers may have to continue hanging installations and paintings and adjusting lighting without a scissor lift for months.

The risk comes with failing to comply with work place health and safety regulations.

Friends of the Gallery president Ros Wild said it was extremely important that gallery volunteers stopped using ladders, while carrying art, to reach the gallery’s 14ft high roof and hoped council would help.

Ms Wild said the gallery had received a $3700 grant from the Community Benefit Fund towards buying a lift and if unused that money had to be paid back by April 30.

A lift was ordered some months ago at a cost of $3700 but after the first company failed to deliver the goods, a new one was sought — but the cost was almost doubled.

This week councillors debated giving an extra $4000 to the gallery to make up the rest of the costs.

In the end Mayor Ron Dyne’s motion to refer the decision to a draft budget meeting was carried.

Ms Wild said the gallery might not be successful in future funding requests. “(Then) council will have to pay twice as much.”

Council will have to pay twice as much.

Gympie Times


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