Following meetings with The Leda Property Development Group and Bankstown and Camden Airports, final agreement has been reached on the terms for the Museum to move to Camden and vacate the Bankstown site to Leda. This involves a payment schedule which will pay for our new Showroom hangar at Camden as well as covering the costs of the move. The Development Application and contract with the builders are now being finalised. The timetable is on track (AT LAST!).
THE MOVE MUST TAKE PLACE IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS !
To get the new Museum built and operational, we need professional expertise help. So we have appointed the very qualified and experienced Quantity Surveyors and Project Management Firm of RICQS to assist. Sam and Nathan, the owners and Principals, will personally work in the project as hands on managers at a very much reduced fee, to help us get the project built and set up to become a wonderful attraction at Camden.
In the next week a timetable will be drawn up to allow for the packing up of all Museum Exhibits. This will be the top priority until we move. Cartons, boxes and containers will be delivered to allow for us to carefully pack our exhibits. Our volunteers will be asked to give all help to get everything ready as soon as possible so we are ready to go. This will obviously result in closing the Museum to the public when we have to pack to display exhibits. That can't be helped. But we must focus on getting everything ready!! Our thanks in advance to our wonderful volunteer team for everything you have done and for your help in the future.
I am delighted to let you know that the Museum Committee now has two new very experienced members. Firstly Mr Rex Banks has kindly consented to join us. Rex was formerly the Chief Executive of Air Nauru, and as well heads up a number of international aviation corporations providing aircraft and services around the world. He is a qualified professional pilot. He brings with him a wealth of aviation experience and expertise to help us establish and operate our new Museum. Scott Pringle, owner and operator of one of the largest aircraft maintenance organisations on the airport, and an expert on antique aircraft, has also kindly consented to join the Committee. We truly welcome them. Very shortly we shall be announcing up to three more appointments, so well qualified to assist the Museum.
Fellows we have reached the turning point....at last, some of you may say. Simply put we have to move or we will be kicked out !
Thank you all for everything you have done and continue to do. It has been a long, but I sincerely believe, a very enjoyable road. My Committee, and me especially, are so grateful for all your work and in help in making the museum such a wonderful project and a real commitment to the history of Australian Aviation.
Naturally as things move on we will keep you fully informed.
I hope you will continue to help us in getting everything ready to move. I do understand some of you may not wish to come to Camden, and that is completely understandable. So please accept my thanks and good wishes for the future if you choose to complete your association with the museum when we leave Bankstown.
If you wish to join us at Camden the door will always be open.
My grateful thanks for all you have done.
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