The impact of COVD-19 might have had an impact on the number of visitors to the Kandos Museum, but the lull in business has allowed for more upgrades to be completed.

When pandemic restrictions start to ease and life starts to resume to some sort of normality, the museum will now be able to offer guests hospitality in their brand new coffee shop.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced a Community Building Partnership grant of $16,000 for the addition.

He said the funding would allow for the coffee shop fit-out including seating, bench tops and work surfaces, refrigeration, electrical and plumbing works and appliances.

“I congratulate Buzz Sanderson and his team of helps at the Kandos Museum. It really is a great little tourist attraction with an impressive range of exhibits that tells the story of the region and its rich past,” Mr Toole said.

Earlier this year the NSW Government announced a $2000 grant for the museum through the Volunteer Museum Small Grants Program.

The purpose of the funding was for the upgrade of storage areas with metal shelving to replace old timber shelving for archive boxes that hold documents, photographs and small objects.

Mr Toole said that the funding was essential to enable the museum to bring much-needed improvements to everyday operations.

“Funding like this is essential because it gives our local cultural venues the chance to make improvements that may not happen otherwise,” Mr Toole said.

“It’s important to give these venues every chance to succeed in making the small improvements that can have big impacts on the experience for its visitors and volunteers.”