The future of a nicely-identified tourist attraction celebrating Australia’s mining sector in one particular of WA’s oldest resource-sector towns is at danger once more, as the State Government considers whether or not to extend a lease funding the facility.
The Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame (MHOF), operating as a mining museum, education and function centre in the historic town of Kalgoorlie, struggled for years to cover its operating costs, and was forced to close in 2011.
It reopened in 2012 following the State Government leased portion of the facility for the Goldfields Institute of Technology.
The Government paid no rent but invested $ two million.
Although the Government says it is nonetheless taking into consideration whether to extend its lease previous the end of this year, removal trucks have been spotted at the facility, with computer systems, chairs, desks and projectors being taken from the classrooms.
Education and Workforce Improvement Minister Liza Harvey mentioned both the institute and the hall of fame were notified in December 2014 that the lease would terminate on December 31, 2015.
“Regardless of this, the MHOF sought yet another extension to the lease agreement from the State Government,” Minister Harvey said.
“A decision on that extension will be produced in the close to future.”
Kalgoorlie-Boulder mayor John Bowler mentioned he had not received any notification from the Government of its plans.
Mr Bowler, who this week resigned as the hall’s chairman over what he claimed was “disgraceful treatment” by the State Government, says he desires answers.
“The Minister is leaving it ridiculously late to let us and the Goldfields Institute of Technology know what’s going on,” he stated.
He mentioned his former organisation had invested about $ 250,000 in the creating, although the State Government would only retrieve half of the $ two million they invested in setting up the facility as a coaching institute.
“The reality of the matter is the facility operates magnificently as a school, it is a excellent addition to Goldfields tertiary education,” he stated.
“The quantity of solutions that are being withdrawn from the Goldfields in recent months is alarming.
“There is a feeling that the Government is treating this area with contempt.”
The hall has much more than 100 inductees, including iron ore mining magnate and Gina Rinehart’s father Lang Hancock, and Queensland-born entrepreneur Ken Talbot, who died in an air crash in the Congo with other Sundance Sources directors while inspecting a mining project.
The hall posted a $ 104,406 loss in 2015, right after creating $ 656,634 in revenue.
Donations fell from $ 66,880 in 2014 to just $ 285 this year.
Topics: community-and-society, state-parliament, local-government, kalgoorlie-6430