News: Library exhibits a chance to display Borella collection

Council has put in an expression of interest to house a permanent exhibition to commemorate Territory war hero Albert Borella.

Posted: Monday, 4 January 2016

President Barb Shaw said Barkly Regional Council (BRC) is prepared to make available a permanent air-conditioned space dedicated to the exhibition and display of Borella memorabilia as part of its library infrastructure.
"The Borella Collection will add a dimension to the cultural offering of the library and increase its significance from a tourism visitation perspective," she said.
Tennant Creek is a gateway to the wider Barkly region for visitors. It is also the starting point for Borella as he commenced his epic journey to Darwin to enlist in the First World War 100 years ago.
Earlier in the year there was a great buzz in town as locals, many dressed in period clothing, waved off Richard Borella and a support team to retrace the footsteps of his grandfather – a Victoria Cross recipient.
TV Presenter Ray Martin hosted the event on 20 February with distinguished guests including the Chief Minister Adam Giles, Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon and Territory Senators Nigel Scullion and Nova Peris attending.
Council was given a plaque by the Chief Minister to commemorate the Borella journey. This is for the community and along with the Borella collection the library would be a wonderful home.
President Shaw said there is an important educational component to the exhibition, weaving it into existing library programming and utilising technology with the development of an app and interpretation kit. This would be used to support curriculum development and contribute to understanding and appreciation of historical events, the Borella story and days of a bygone era.
"The library’s existing historical collection would also be made more visible alongside the museum collection, providing the potential to increase library patronage - both intentional and accidental visitors," she said.
Part of Council’s plan is to work with the local community, including stakeholders such as Battery Hill/Visitor Information Centre, the Returned Services League (RSL), Nyinkka Nyunyu and Barkly Regional Arts, to cross promote other tourism opportunities.
"It is an exciting proposal with many benefits for the town and the broader Barkly region as well as building and sharing a significant piece of Australian military history," said President Shaw.
At this stage the Borella Steering Committee has chosen the Tennant Creek library as the preferred site, subject to costing and council approval. We’ll keep you posted.