The Mareeba Heritage Centre Inc (MHC) welcomes newly elected Board Members. As Australians will be holidaying close to home in 2021, the stage is set for a new year of opportunity for the Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre and we are pleased to advise that guiding the recovery are the same faces on the Board as 2020. We would like to introduce and welcome our 2021 Board members.
President: Tito Srhoj
Vice President: Maria Nastasi
Treasurer: Louise Mahoney
Members: Mary Graham, Neil Sandall-Vear, Cr Mario Mlikota, Mary Thompson, Nipper Brown
Secretary: Janet Greenwood, appointed by the Board
We extend our sincere thanks to our outgoing members during the year for their time and efforts with the ongoing management of Mareeba Heritage Centre Inc. The Centre is very grateful to everyone involved in helping to preserve this wonderful tourist facility.
Mareeba Heritage Centre General Manager Janet Greenwood and outgoing Acting-Chair Tito Srhoj delivered the 2019-2020 Annual Report at the Annual General Meeting held on 26 November 2020. Given the impacts of COVID, the Centre’s financial results for 2019/20 were commendable. Our immediate action to adopt a business continuity operating budget for March to June 2020 has us well placed to absorb the immediate COVID downturn. The reality is when COVID impacted us we were already coming off a very low period which is the dead period as far as tourism is concerned, and due to undetermined restrictions we moved into a low period again. We are looking at an extended period of limited revenue. Positively we were actually on track for an improved profit result in 2019/20 pre-COVID and the Mareeba Shire Council remains the primary source of funding. As such, the financial situation is considered to be reasonable and it’s the strength of our underlying fundamentals that will help us get through the recovery period. Fully audited financial reports are available on request to members, and online at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.
We are proud to share these highlights with you. To learn more about our ambitious goals, our commitment to the community and much more, we encourage you to review the 2019-2020 Snapshot. We welcome questions, feedback and discussion. Let’s share in this journey together.
Finally, in what is the most challenging period the tourism industry, and the world have ever seen, we are now facing the post COVID-19 environment. We’re an industry that relies on funding and we also rely on the fact that people come together. Those things are really difficult to mitigate because we don’t know what’s happening from day to day and every day we have to respond to what’s given to us. COVID has shown just how delicate our industry and business is.
The critical next step is about not dropping the ball! For us as a tourist organisation whilst it is important to continue on the path that was started 25 years ago we must also focus on new opportunities. We will seek to find a better financial model to support the Centre, and hopefully provide future sustainability. We can’t say that we have the answers, but we are trying as an organisation to focus on the opportunities and to be flexible which enables us to move on them quickly. It is important to know that what we do today may change tomorrow … which is OK because it will always be a change for the better.
Thank you for supporting us in 2020, our future looks very different in 2021 and we very much look forward to continuing this journey.
For further comment, please call Janet Greenwood, General Manager, Mareeba Heritage Centre and Visitor Information Centre, on 4092 2906.
© Mareeba Heritage Museum and Visitor Information Centre 2021