7 August 2012
The Murchison Museum has been awarded an environmental community grant to upgrade the Murchison Rangelands Botanical and Heritage Walk.
Environment Minister Bill Marmion announced a total of $1.6 million to 155 projects of community groups and individuals under the fourth round of the Environment Community Grants program.
The Murchison Museum will receive $29,810 to upgrade the walk under the ‘Interpretation and sustainable recreation in natural areas category.
President of the Murchison Museum, Jano Foulkes-Taylor said the two trails that were started over ten years ago have suffered greatly in the past years due to drought and flood.
“Following severe drought periods and a major flood in 2006, the signage has been damaged and a significant number of plants have suffered,” Ms Foulkes-Taylor said.
Ms Foulkes-Taylor said the grant will assist in making the walks wheelchair accessible, reinstalling the site poles and display information regarding the plants as well as writing a history about the Museum and area.
Rangelands NRM Operations Manager, John Silver said he was pleased to see funds going towards helping local communities conserve and showcase their natural environment.
“It’s great to see local communities working together to preserve their heritage and botanical diversity and make this accessible to visitors to the region,” Mr Silver said.
The Murchison Museum was built by the community entirely from natural, historical and recycled materials.
“Wood has been utilised from the old Fremantle Wool Store and we used recycled material from local rubbish dumps and various homesteads. The walls are rammed earth and the verandah posts are old telephone poles,” Ms Foulkes-Talyor said.
Rangelands NRM Landcare Coordinator Kaz Collins, who was tragically killed in a car accident last month, prepared the grant application in conjunction with the Murchison Museum. Kaz’s office was based at the Museum and she was on hand to greet visitors and show them around.
“We are delighted that Kaz’s efforts have been rewarded and her work and legacy will continue through the upgrade and extension of this project,” Ms Faulkes-Taylor said.
The Museum is currently seeking someone to take care of the site and show people around during business hours. This casual job would ideally suit a retiree or artist who can be based at the Museum while doing other activities. Interested people can contact Jano Foulkes Taylor on 9963 7980 or by email.
NOTES FOR EDITOR:
The Museum is open 9-5pm, and closed during the Summer months (Dec-Feb). Visitors can find the 500 metre walks on the western side of the main road at the Murchison settlement.
Rangelands NRM WA is a not for profit, non-aligned community-based group which aims to facilitate collaboration and best practice in environmental management for land managers who want to achieve good natural resources outcomes.