Labor to commit $10,000 to Mt Lawley Society if successful at State Election

(Back) Paul Collins, (middle) Simon Millman and Mark Hodge. with (front) Christina Gustavson, Phillipa Baines and Sheila Robinson.
(Back) Paul Collins, (middle) Simon Millman and Mark Hodge. with (front) Christina Gustavson, Phillipa Baines and Sheila Robinson.

MT Lawley Society President Paul Collins has welcomed a $10,000 funding commitment by Labor candidate Simon Millman to boost the Society’s work, including its historical archive project.

The funding comes from Labor’s ‘Local Projects, Local Jobs’ fund, which will provide community groups and local governments with funds to build “community infrastructure”.

Mr Collins said the Society is very appreciative of the pledge.

“The commitment was unsolicited and came about after Simon Millman attended our 2016 AGM and heard of the Society’s archival and storage woes,” he said.

“We currently occupy a 3sq m basement below a commercial kitchen that has drainage pipes running through it. Consequently, our records are at risk and certainly aren’t available for members to view.

“Our scanner for digitising our archival material is outdated and we lack computers and printers. Combined with the City of Stirling’s commitment in 2016 to assist in finding us a more suitable home, this donation will allow the Society to purchase its own equipment and assist in fitting out more suitable premises.”

Mr Millman said the funding would provide support to the Society in their efforts to create “a lasting archive the vast amount of historical information that is has been able to collection in its nearly 40 year of activity”.

“The Mt Lawley Society is an important volunteer group in our community that assists the promotion and preservation of our special heritage; that which makes our community unique.’ Mr Millman said.

“I would like to congratulate the Mount Lawley Society on its work over the years.”