Mareeba Heritage Centre Changes

Mareeba Heritage Centre Inc (MHC) have expressed their “deep regret” at the decision made by Mr Mick Borzi who stepped down as Chair of the organisation, effective 9 April 2020.

Mr Borzi resigned as the Chair and member of the Management Committee due to actions taken by the current Committee that in his view did not reflect the crisis in which we are now faced.

Committee members thank Mr Borzi for his contribution and are appreciative that during this time he oversaw a period of change and continued expansion.

“Mr Borzi played an invaluable role on our Committee”, said Janet Greenwood, Manager of the Centre. “His deep interest in the Mareeba community benefited our team and our Centre. While I am sorry he can no longer serve on the committee, I am thankful that he gave us his time during this period”.

As a founding member, Mick and four others had the foresight to establish the Centre and were instrumental in making this happen. Mick Borzi opened the Centre as Chairman on 14 October 1995 and the Centre continues to be a monument to Mick’s contribution to community life in Mareeba.

Current Committee Member, Mr. Tito Srhoj, will assume the role of Acting Chair until the next Annual General Meeting. Mary Thompson, our Volunteer Museum Curator, also joins the Management Committee in a designated strategic position to provide additional advice and support of the Museum at this critical time.

Last week the MHC Management Committee determined that the Centre was well positioned to support and increase our community’s resilience. Encouraged by the Queensland Governments key message for businesses to remain active the Centre will open the Visitor Centre and Retail Shop this Monday 20 April 2020, with the Mareeba Heritage Coffee House offering a takeaway service shortly after.

We have applied COVID-19 safe practices and encourage you to visit us for the latest information on local business trading hours or to find out how to connect with the right community service. If you prefer to stay at home visit @pledgelocalmareeba a community Facebook page to find which Mareeba businesses are open – this is a dedicated space where Mareeba businesses may share their trading hours + let us know how we can support them.

Our Museum will remain closed for an indefinite period but this provides us with the unusual opportunity to focus on practical tasks that are often too difficult to do whilst focussing on visitor interaction. Discover weekly online activities by visiting @visitMAREEBA our Facebook page and we will soon launch a contemporary collecting project, titled “COVID-19 AND ME”.

We believe the Centre can shine a light on both our present and our future – together we can help build a different future for Mareeba!

For further comment, please call Tito Srhoj, Acting Chair, Mareeba Heritage Centre and Visitor Information Centre, on 0417 714 120.

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