It has been quite a journey over the past 6 weeks (not to mention the four and a half years before that!), but thanks to the incredible support of a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations, the purchase of Mt Burr Swamp by Nature Glenelg Trust is now complete, with settlement occurring last Friday in Adelaide.
We made it to settlement day having raised almost $72,000 of our $110,000 community fundraising target, but in the days since then the tally has surged ahead again with additional supporters getting on board, meaning we’ve now passed the incredible total of $87,000.
and the live tally is…
At the time of writing, this leaves us with a shortfall of just under $23,000 that we’re currently covering with a bank loan – and obviously paying that back as quickly as possible will be our first priority.
Hence we’ll continue to accept donations over the coming days, up to and including the celebration day on-site on Sunday the 9th of October.
But let’s take a moment to reflect on what has been achieved. I am not aware of a community driven environmental project of this nature, of such a scale in this region, ever being achieved in this way before. That makes this a proud moment for us all.
To briefly review how we made it to this point, Nature Glenelg Trust has now successfully partnered with government (the Native Vegetation Council), private business (OneFortyOne Plantations) and the wider community (individuals, groups and businesses) to reach this milestone.
We look forward to showing you a great time at the art exhibition in Mount Gambier on Friday the 7th October and again on Sunday the 9th of October (bookings essential), as we welcome you to the site for the first time and ask you to join us as we embark on the exciting journey ahead.
Come and see this view, and experience the sights and sounds of a magnificent restored wetland, for yourself…