MAMA plaque request granted

NOTABLE OMISSION: Cr Darren Camerons’s name is missing from the Murray Art Museum Albury plaque.ALBURY councillor Darren Cameron has won his battle not to havehis name includedon theMurray Art Museum Albury plaque.

The plaque has been erected in recent timesand lists all councillors except Cr Cameron, who has been a long time critic of the project going ahead without NSW Government funding.

MAMA was officially opened by member for Farrer Sussan Ley on October 2 and Cr Cameron also snubbed the ceremony.

The official plaque has been erected at the QEII Square entrance to MAMA nearly the recently opened restaurant.

Cr Cameron was incensed Albury ratepayers had to pick up the shortfall when the state government didn’t match the $3.5 million provided by council and the federal government.

“With the failure of the state government to deliver its portion of the funding I don’t believe it is something Albury should have invested in so heavily at this time,” he said.

Albury mayorHenk van de Ven said he accepted Cr Cameron’s position.

“It was his choice,” he said.

“It is one of those democratic things where you had a 5-4 decision and everyone needs to support that decision.

“But he was entitled to request his name not be on the plaque and that is what has happened.

“Who knows if he regrets it down the track andI think Darren has moved on.

“But I am proud of the project and wanted it delivered for Albury, so I amhappy to have my name on it.”

The MAMA redevelopmentblew out by $700,000, but the result was cushioned by the federal government chipping in another $300,000.

More than $1 million was raised in philanthropic funding.

The councildid receive $134,000 from Arts NSW for the MAMAdesign and a further $83,500 last year.

But the council and federal government logos are the only ones inscribed onthe plaque.

General manager Frank Zaknich and directors Michael Keys, Brad Ferris, James Jenkins and Tracey Squire are also included on the plaque.

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