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Group’s bid for collection

Monday, 29th September, 2014

Milton Lavers' extensive mineral collection may not be completely lost to the city, with plans underway to try and purchase back parts of the iconic collection.

The world famous collection is valued at over $1 million, and was recently bought by collector Rob Sielecki, who has indicated that a local group would be given first opportunity at buying any of the minerals.

The Lavers Mineral Collection Action Group is a community committee made up of members from the local community, mineral collectors and council employees who are hoping to take Mr Sielecki up on his offer.

Under the group's plan, a series of fundraisers would be held, with the amount raised determining how much of the collection could be re-purchased.

The collection would belong to the people of Broken Hill and be housed at the Albert Kersten Geo Centre.

Group secretary Maureen Clark said they had two months to raise money for a bid.

"We will be holding raffles and need donations of goods to raffle and volunteers to sell tickets. A jazz afternoon and a Fun Day at the Geo Centre are a couple of community activities that have been suggested," she said.

There are also tiles at the Geo Centre that can be purchased for $50 each. These will be mounted on the wall with the purchaser's name on it. Corporate donations would also be sought, with tax concessions available for businesses that donate large sums.

Donations between $5000 and $20,000 would be acknowledged on the cabinets housing the minerals.

There would also be a one-off opportunity for a major corporate donor to have sponsoring rights to the exhibition space at the Geo Centre for two years.

Anyone wishing to purchase a tile can contact Angela Bailey at the Geo Centre on the corner of Bromide and Crystal streets, while donations can be made online or in person at Westpac, BSB 032816 account number 26804 (taxation concessions available).

For volunteers, offers of assistance or further details contact Maureen Clark on (08) 8088 4210.

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