Lisa Chesters MP has joined the drive to save Bendigo’s iconic Discovery Science and Technology Centre by pledging $99 for a year-long family membership.
“I pledge to become a member of the Discovery Centre.
“If 500 families buy a $99 membership, together we can raise $50,000 for the Discovery Centre and help keep its doors open,” said Ms Chesters.
Ms Chesters, who is in Parliament and therefore unable to attend the public meeting about the future of the centre, said she hoped residents would rally to save the institution.
“I have visited the Discovery Centre on many occasions and each time, like virtually every school child in Central Victoria, I have been inspired by the staff and the exhibits and have left with a desire to know more.
“The Centre aims to spark the interests of young people in science and maths,” said Ms Chesters.
Ms Chesters said Australia’s future depended upon nurturing a passion for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
“Labor recognises the importance of increasing the number of students who study STEM subjects, which is why we have a plan to engage and inspire both students and teachers.
“The Discovery Centre is like most not-for -profits and therefore relies on members, donations, grants and sponsorships for the centre to survive.
“Discovery has the ability to inspire and electrify beyond the confines of class room. It dear to the heart of many Central Victorian residents and I encourage all of them to pledge membership to help save the Centre.”