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Buffs and Pigs : the official members newsletter



Buffs and Pigs : the official members newsletter

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Aviation Historical Society of the Northern Territory Inc


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Aviation Museum (Darwin, N.T.); Aeronautical museums; Darwin

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AHSNT 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - PRESIDENTS REPORT FINANCIALS I am pleased to report that after much hard work by the Committee and staff that our financial position this year has improved to the point where, although we made a small loss, we did record a positive turnaround of some $32,000 from last year. The Committee will continue working to identify any additional initiatives we can put in place to further improve our financial position. We undertook a review of insurances this year and managed to avoid the same sort of increases we were subjected to last year. Advertising costs will again be reviewed to ensure we are targeting the right markets and getting value for our dollar. The on-line internet campaign being supported by Ron Ninnis has proved to be tremendously successful. The success of this on-line campaign was demonstrated in May when the Heritage Centre was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, which honours hospitality excellence, and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website. HERITAGE CENTRE Visitor numbers have been steady with last years figures, however the sales figures for the souvenir shop have grown again and the shop is providing more revenue than ticket sales. We finalised the upgrades to interpretive signage for the major displays. These have been well received with immediate and positive feedback from our visitors, with most visitors observed to be stoping and reading and photographing the signs as part of their visitation experience. The Committee will continue to work to improve other interpretive signage throughout the Heritage Centre. The panelling to the northern wall is substantially completed and this will allow us to improve interpretive signage and information related to the aircraft in the vicinity the Liberator, Mitchell, Spitfire and F-111. A new dedicated theatrette has been completed for the Bombing of Darwin DVD are and is being suitably been enhanced by one of our staff, Bill Morgan, who will be painting an excellent airfield mural on the inside wall. Airborne Solutions commenced their helicopter operations out of the Heritage Centre earlier this year and by all accounts things are working out well. They are contributing $18000 per annum by way of site rental. I extend my thanks to our paid staff and volunteers for their excellent work during the year. The staff at the Centre continue to enhance their professional approach to managing the facility and the work done this year should provide a good platform going forward. Comments in the visitors book reflect how well the staff represent themselves personally and the Heritage Centre in general. A strategic planning workshop was held in May with the Committee, members and staff participating. A good list of projects for the Heritage Centre has been developed and published in the newsletter. Members who are not currently active are encouraged to get on board and lend a hand with these projects. Page 3 of 4

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