Ballarat council quiet on M.A.D.E funding before meeting

THE City of Ballarat has refused to answer questions about the funding of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. 

Despite being asked questions on Monday, chief executive Anthony Schinck said no comment would be provided before tonight's council meeting. 

"The council report has been drafted to provide information in relation to M.A.D.E and will be considered by councillors at their ordinary meeting on Wednesday," he said. 

The Courier asked the council a variety of questions, including what funding had been provided to M.A.D.E and when approval had been given to increase the funding. 

However, Mr Schinck did not respond to these questions. 

This comes after M.A.D.E director Jane Smith said the centre was on track to meet its revised budget despite claims it had blown its budget. 

Fleeting visits from Premier Denis Napthine and opposition leader Daniel Andrews to Ballarat yesterday drew support for the facility. 

Mr Andrews said it was his understanding the council had supported M.A.D.E very strongly. 

"I think Labor in government, we would be more than happy to sit down with the council, who are the principle funder at the moment, and the museum and look at what might able to be done," he said. 

"I don't want to make off-hand promises that don't add up but we would be more than happy to look at that." 

Dr Napthine said the government would have ongoing discussions with the City of Ballarat about the attraction.

"The Museum of Australian Democracy is important institution in terms of recording our history and making our history available to the community," he said. 

"I am disappointed they are having recurrent budgetary problems, we will certainly work with them and the Ballarat city council and look to find a longer term, sustainable economic position for the Museum of Australian Democracy." 

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