VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: New Italy Museum committee members (from left) Sil Gava, Dorothy Randle, Peter Bortolin, Jean Lollback, Tony
VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: New Italy Museum committee members (from left) Sil Gava, Dorothy Randle, Peter Bortolin, Jean Lollback, Tony

New Italy museum at risk



ONLY months from the 125th anniversary of New Italy, the New Italy museum near Woodburn is threatened with closure because of a shortage of volunteers.

New Italy management committee member Sil Gava said the existing managers of the New Italy complex were leaving and the search was on to find a new manager and more volunteers.

The New Italy complex marks the site of one of Australia's first big Italian communities ? where Italians rescued by the Australian Government from Noumea and an island off Papua New Guinea settled in 1881.

The New Italy museum started as a peace park tribute to the migrants in the 1930s and slowly expanded into the existing complex. It includes the peace park, Italian and Aboriginal museums, a community function hall, cafe, restaurant, caretaker residence, a driver reviver stop and the Italian pavilion from Brisbane's Expo '88.

Mr Gava said the committee needed people with ideas on how to develop the site further ? some suggestions so far had included a motel or caravan park ? to ensure the museum continued.

The New Italy management committee will hold a public meeting to gather help and look for ways to save the museum at the Italo Australian Club, Barrow Lane, North Lismore, on December 5 at 6pm.

The committee is also preparing to celebrate New Italy's 125th anniversary on April 9 next year.

For information call 66625292 or 66245155.



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