PROPONENTS of a regional museum in Orange say the concept must be innovative and exciting if it is to attract funding from both government and private sources.
Members of the integrated cultural facility reference group, which brings together a number of community groups, say the current concept plan will need adjustment before a consensus is reached.
The group met on Monday night and has adjourned its meeting until this Monday to continue the discussion.
Councillor Neil Jones, who chairs the group, said a number of questions had been raised about the concept plan.
“Concerns were raised about the adequacy of the proposed display space, some deficiency in storage and space for a permanent display. There are some questions as to whether the location on the northern side of the gallery has been carefully evaluated against new alternatives,” he said.
Orange City Council has committed $1.5 million to the museum project, with a further $4 million to be sourced from state and federal government funding sources.
With possible changes to the concept plan mooted by the group, Cr Jones said it may be necessary to look further afield for funding, including to corporate and business sources.
“The opportunities that are now being quite rightly discussed could result in a need for a higher budget. That emphasises the need to present a concept that is going to be innovative and exciting,” he said.
The reference group has heard from Andrew Baulch, a former NRMA CareFlight campaign director with experience in the area of fundraising for the arts, about the need to attract private benefactors.
Orange and District Historical Society president and reference group member Phil Stevenson said the group needed to “lift its sights” from the current concept plan.
“We will need to be pretty inspired before we go out there and we need to have a pretty good brief prepared, which also has some degree of excitement to it,” he said.
Andrew Baulch will also address Saturday’s meeting of the Orange Regional Museum Advancement Association at the Senior Citizens’ Centre this Saturday at 10.30am about fundraising opportunities.