MOVING FORWARD: Emerald Science Centre has put their grant money to good use.
MOVING FORWARD: Emerald Science Centre has put their grant money to good use. Contributed

Central Highlands Science Centre moving up

THE Central Highlands Science Centre is showing no signs of slowing down in 2016.

CHSC governance and compliance officer Megan Daniels said volunteers had been working hard behind the scenes to expand the reach and scope of the 21-year-old centre.

"We've been very proactive in applying for government funding. There are lots of grants out there for the taking, and not just for us, but for many community groups."

Mrs Daniels said the centre's ultimate goal was to become financially sustainable and the next step towards that goal would be to hire a part time science co-ordinator.

With the recent acquisition of a Tim Fairfax grant to fund the position, Mrs Daniels said the board would be able to invest more energy on taking the centre forward.

"The science co-ordinator's role would be to work with the board on achieving our key priorities. We want to ensure country kids have as many opportunities as kids in the city. Primary school children havea natural curiosity for science and its that curiosity that we want to nurture."

Over the past 12 months the centre has been successful in gaining grants to for projects such as; the Science in Motion Roadshow; refurbish parts of the Science Centre; policy development and school engagement; waterway monitoring kit; audio visual equipment; Lego and animation school holiday program; and more.


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