Katherine takes a final bow

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 14-Dec-2017

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Katherine Legge is standing down from her role at Discovery. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN
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THE leader of the community campaign to save Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre, Katherine Legge, has stepped down after 17 years of involvement with the education facility.


Dr Legge has twice been the leader of the centre’s board, with which she has been involved since 2001.


The centre held a function this week to recognise her contribution and the pivotal role she played in ensuring the future of the CBD facility.


Dr Legge led the Save Discovery campaign in 2015, which helped the centre avoid closure due to its financial situation.


Questions were raised over the centre’s financial future when Bendigo Trust decided it could no longer financially support the centre.


The trust, now Bendigo Heritage Attractions, had operated the centre on behalf of council for more than a decade.


Ms Legge led a determined fight to secure funding and the centre’s future, which it eventually did through crowd-funding and a re-formed committee of management.


The centre was able to raise $200,000 in a tight window to secure its short-term future, and has since grown further to become what manager Jonathan Ridnell describes as a “successful not-for-profit community asset”.


The centre’s committee of management will now be led by Ann Lansberry, another community member who joined in the midst of the 2015 campaign.


Ms Lansberry is CEO of the Community Foundation for Central Victoria and this week paid tribute to her predecessor.


“Katherine’s determination and ability to not take no for an answer was vital to the community effort to keep a science centre in Bendigo,” she said.


“It’s exciting that two years since the Discovery restructure, we can say thank you to Katherine in a newly refurbished auditorium, and celebrate the ongoing community support that is keeping Discovery open.” – Joel Peterson

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