Nicole Fransen, Pieter Mol and Ivo Mol, have been committed supporters of retaining and restoring the Uiver DC-2 in Albury. The Mol family had previously made a generous offer to the council, which had been refused and Nicole Fransen, in her role as a heritage Consultant with special interest in aviation, had attempted to nominate the Uiver DC-2 for heritage listing.
When council announced their decision to dispose of the Uiver DC-2 through an Expression of Interest process, the three joined forces in response to the threat to the Uiver and submitted an EOI under the informal banner of the Uiver Memorial Museum Group. They had a vision to build a hanger, relocate the aircraft and restore the plane to museum standards for static display.
In March 2013, the UMMG were supported by council as the preferred tender, and the dream to restore this Albury icon to its former glory, began...
Under the terms of the UMMG proposal, the first task is to form a not-for-profit organisation, with a Board of Governance of individuals who represent the various sectors of the community who are affiliated with or support the Uiver Project.
The National Trust of Australia (NSW) began lobbying for the retention of the Uiver DC-2 in Albury and formally recognised its historic and cultural significance by placing it on the National Trust Register.
The National Trust have also advocated for the legal recognition of this important aviation monument at the local, state and national levels. The National Trust have endorsed this project by creating a tax-deductible appeals fund for the Restoration of the Uiver DC-2.