A fo­cus on fund­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

The Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum and Art Gallery in Alexan­dra is go­ing through an­other staff re­struc­tur­ing and wants a project man­ager to help with busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. Alexan­dra Dis­trict Mu­seum board pres­i­dent Mal­colm Macph- er­son said that af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of mu­seum op­er­a­tions man­ager Shani Red­mile in July and with a short-term ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sis­tant’s con­tract not be­ing re­newed, a new po­si­tion had be­come avail­able. Ms Red­mile’s po­si­tion will be bro­ken into two jobs – a two- to three-day po­si­tion for an of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tor, and the project man­ager’s po­si­tion, which was also expected to be part-time, about 0.7 of a full-time job. It was hoped the project man­ager would bring in ideas to help the mu­seum cre­ate a fo­cus on rev­enue-gen­er­a­tion, Mr

Macpherson said. They would also have to source fund­ing, pro­mote events, or­gan­ise re­tail op­por­tu­ni­ties and make bet­ter use of ex­hi­bi­tion and re­tail spa­ces. ‘‘It’s a new ap­proach.’’ Fund­ing given to the mu­seum by the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil and the Vin­cent Community Board was ‘‘only keep­ing the mu­seum’s head above wa­ter’’ and more fo­cus needed to be put on earn­ing its own in­come, Macpherson said. The mu­seum, which recorded a $31,000 loss in in­come for the 2010-2011 fi­nan­cial year, un­der­went a re­struc­tur­ing last year. Mu­seum

di­rec­tor

Mr

Brian Patrick was made re­dun­dant. Mu­seum vice pres­i­dent Paul Check­etts said the mu­seum ‘‘was in a bet­ter po­si­tion’’ then this time last year and had come from a $9226 cash deficit in June 2011 to a $5892 sur­plus in June this year.

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