SHIP AHOY! Ballina Naval Museum curator Merv Stevens, left, and museum president Keith Barry
SHIP AHOY! Ballina Naval Museum curator Merv Stevens, left, and museum president Keith Barry

Ballina museum aims to be on tourist map

By BREE PRICE

MERV STEVENS hopes an open day at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum on Sunday will start to put the museum on the tourist map.

"We want everyone to come and see what they are missing out on," the curator of the museum said.

"We'd like to raise awareness, and for people to realise we are here and what we're all about. We hope we can be a tourist attraction and help the industry."

Mr Stevens said the museum also was trying to raise $380,000 for extensions to the building.

"The extensions are eight metres out towards the river, for the full length of the building.

"It is necessary to be able to have all the artefacts and models here. There's a model sitting in a garage waiting to be brought down. We have no room.

"The extensions are also for wheelchair access and to be public-friendly for everybody."

Mr Stevens said the museum was running a 'Buy-a-Brick' campaign, where members of the public could donate $25 or $50 and have their name engraved on a plaque attached to a brick in the extensions.

The museum has also set up an honour board of people or businesses who make significant donations.

Museum volunteers will give talks at 11.30am each day this week on Ballina radio station Paradise FM, covering everything from the history of the museum to fundraising plans.

The open day will run from 9am until 4pm.



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