PRESIDENTS REPORT PROGRAMME YEAR 2017
The 2017 programme outcomes set new standards in many areas, including volunteer intake, bakery and merchandise sales, archaeological discoveries in structural areas and included technical knowhow in rebuilding Patterson’s house.
The successful completion of the Patterson House to stage 1 lock up was achieved to the satisfaction of the Grants Authorities and all participants. Record volunteer enrolment numbers occurred and thus maximum input hours work were achieved. No days were lost through closures this year.
Excellent financial management of the Patterson’s House grant of $126,000 was achieved with the last payment of $33,000 being received as late as November 2017. There were no cash flow restrictions to any programme activity such as bakery supplies and building materials, many of which require cash payment before delivery. Special contributors to Steve Harding’s Patterson House project need to be congratulated for a fantastic job well done. In particular, I refer to Tim, Leanne and Simon Paine (with his complete set of contracting equipment) who were onsite in excess of 5 weeks. Thanks and congratulations too, to Peter Davis for his project design contribution and his onsite technical supervision.
Stabilisation of buildings continued throughout the programme. Very significant work was done on the old Police Station, the Angels Rest (where a cellar was discovered), the Exchange Hotel where the rooms were excavated and defined by a great group of volunteers and where a second bakery oven was discovered.
The Bell celebration was a seminal event (with bagpipes) this year, as was the cricket match and church service. The cemetery and small cemetery were both cleaned up resulting in a peaceful and beautiful site. As usual a great group of volunteers worked on the streetscape and trails presenting the town in its best light.
Our construction team and the work that they do have allowed us to display the basis of life in our inland township to visitors, to their surprise and delight.
The introduction of high visibility jackets emphasised the extent of our work teams, making them significant to visitors. With the operations centre now at 90% efficiency it already shows the benefit of planned stock control of consumables and control of other equipment and the general workshop efficiency. Additional freezer capacity was installed to assist delivery timing.
Patterson’s House reception centre project is aimed for structural completion to lock upstage during the 2018 programme. The internal fit out will be assessed during the 2018 programme but will require grant funding for completion in 2019.
Over a decade of activity has produced outcomes far beyond expectations. The results are well and numerously expressed in our café visitors book.