Bordertown and District Agricultural Museum request financial assistance

ASSISTANCE: Bordertown and District Agricultural Museum have contacted Tatiara District Council for financial assistance.
ASSISTANCE: Bordertown and District Agricultural Museum have contacted Tatiara District Council for financial assistance.

Tatiara District Council will step in to help Bordertown and District Agricultural Museum cover the cost of insurance.

BDAM secretary Des Murray wrote to the council seeking $550 to cover the annual insurance premium for the J150 Jubilee Shed, store shed and workshop at Clayton Farm Heritage Museum.

The group has been managing, administering and maintaining Clayton Heritage Farm Museum since its inception as a tourism destination and as an iconic heritage site for the Tatiara district.

Tatiara District Council's director of corporate and community services Kingsley Green mentioned BDAM members volunteer their time to look after the facility, without receiving any financial benefit.

Mr Green also said the group's members dedicate up to 1500 hours of volunteer support, which represents a saving of $35,000-$40,000 annually.

In 2018, BDAM came to the council with the same request, which resulted in financial assistance being given.

When the matter was discussed at the latest council meeting, many of the councillors praised the work the group does in administering and maintaining the Clayton Farm Heritage Museum.

The museum is an important tourist attraction to the region, and with the countless volunteers who look after the facility for the council, they felt the decision to provide assistance was a "no-brainer".

"Clayton Farm Heritage Museum offers great benefit to Bordertown, as well as the Tatiara region," Mr Green said.

Mr Green mentioned the amount BDAM are requesting was similar to that requested in 2018 and had no financial implications to the council.

He added that if council did not support BDAM and it subsequently reduced its involvement at Clayton Farm, it would have a financial impact on council's budget.

Following a short discussion, council voted in favour of providing Bordertown and District Agricultural Museum with the requested sum of $550 to cover the annual insurance premium.