submitted by Peter (Panagiotis) Prineas on 23.11.2011
Plans for a Greek Museum at the Roxy at Bingara, north-western NSW, were greatly advanced this week with the announcement of a major grant from the State Government.
Under the 2012 Arts Funding Program, the Museum is to receive $94,500. The funds will go to Gwydir Shire Council to be expended for Museum purposes. A Museum Committee has been appointed with members including Peter Prineas, and George Poulos of the Kytherian Association's Executive.
The Roxy Museum will record, present and celebrate Greek settlement in rural Australia. This grant will assist in the planning and design of the Museum, in the conduct of research, and in the development of collections.
The announcement of the grant by the O'Farrell Government was welcomed by the MP for Northern Tablelands Richard Torbay in the pages of the 'Bingara Advocate' newspaper.
“Sandy McNaughton, Gwydir Council and community supporters have done a magnificent job of restoring the original Roxy theatre and the adjoining Greek café,” he said.
“This $94,500 grant means the plans for the museum commemorating Australian Greek café culture, particularly in our region, can go ahead".
“This has been an ambitious and successful project and it’s great to see it all coming together like this.”
Continued support from the Greek community and good relationships with other museums should see the Bingara Museum presenting many interesting items and mounting special exhibitions from time to time.
The community will soon see the results of an earlier State Government grant for the restoration of the Roxy Cafe's 1930s Art deco etched glass signage. The restored signage is now being installed in the Roxy Café.
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