A NEW museum for Bathurst is a step closer after the announcement of its inaugural board of directors this week.
The creation of the Australian Milling Museum (AMM) is part of the multi-million-dollar plans for the redevelopment of the sprawling Tremain’s Mill in lower Keppel Street.
Tremain’s Mill owner Steve Birrell and Councillor Jess Jennings, who has been leading the research for the museum, put out a call for heritage flour milling equipment and flour milling stories earlier this year.
And now has come the next stage for the museum: its official launch.
The museum’s incoming board of directors and executive officer were announced at Tremain’s Mill this week and anyone with an interest in the museum or the story of Australian-made agriculture and manufacturing is being encouraged to become a founding AMM member.
“The beauty of community co-operatives is that the membership call the shots through one vote per member, not shareholding value, which keeps the original purpose front and centre of the board’s focus,” Mr Birrell said.
“I’m essentially gifting the AMM to the community of Bathurst as hosts who will enjoy a long-term peppercorn rent to underpin the operation, but it’s also a gift to the broader Australian public as a place that promotes, celebrates and continues to research the bygone heritage of Australia’s milling industry from pre-1788 to the present and into the future.”
Cr Jennings has experience with co-ops, having been the founding treasurer-director of the Bathurst Wholefood Co-op in 2011.
“The AMM will be a not-for-profit, community-run co-operative organisation that anyone can join for a minimal annual subscription of $20 per year, with joint memberships available at the same price,” he said.
The inaugural AMM executive officer is Cr Jennings and the inaugural directors are Murray Arnold, master heritage builder with Tremain’s Mill; Professor Paul Ashton, Professor of Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney; Paul Carver, partner and solicitor at King Cain, Bathurst; Samantha Friend, president of the Bathurst District Historical Society; John McCorquodale, career milling engineer and technician, Sydney; Cr Jacqui Rudge, councillor and local heritage advocate; and Heath Smith, marketing and retail consultant with Tremain’s Mill.
Ms Friend is the incoming chair of the board.
“The inaugural board has a diverse range of skills, interests and professional capacity to support the establishment phase of the AMM to public operation in 2019,” she said.