Lease uncertainty hinders Armed Forces Museum

Charlie Zerella, whose great-grandfather has a memorial at the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum, check out an exhibition last year.

Charlie Zerella, whose great-grandfather has a memorial at the Gippsland Armed Forces Museum, check out an exhibition last year.

GIPPSLAND Armed Forces Museum has called for a resolution to the uncertainty that has dogged its current lease arrangements.

The museum has been caught up in the Federation TAFE fiasco, and has been unable to secure long-term leases on its current premises near the West Sale airport.

It has only been offered 12-monthly renewals in its lease arrangements with Federation TAFE, since it was forced to move to Fulham to free up land for the Sale campus that did not eventuate.

Museum secretary Rory Ester said the museum was unable to apply for grants or plan for the future because of the lease uncertainty, and was seeking a minimum five-year lease.

Mr Ester said the museum was a popular attraction for Sale, with the collection representing an important part of the region's history.

"Even with the [Princes Highway] roadworks, we've had 1000 people through the doors," he said.

"We need a resolution."

Mr Ester said the 12-monthly renewal process "doesn't give us any future prospects" and prohibits the museum from applying for grants to assist with maintenance and upkeep.

At last week's general council meeting, councillors moved to explore further lease arrangements and opportunities to cover the museum's maintenance costs.

Cr Darren McCubbin reassured Mr Ester that the council valued the work of the museum volunteers, and acknowledged that there was only "so much that volunteers can do".

He also acknowledged that the current premises had "significant maintenance issues".

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