Councillor Amos has given notice of his intention to move the following:
“That Coffs Harbour Regional Museum trial ,for a 12 month period, no charge for entry to the Museum. Council staff report back to Councillors on the developing results of this trail near the conclusion of the trial period.”
“Visitations at the museum are low. Not charging for museum entry would have minimal impact on the net cost of running the museum. Increased visitations would have a positive impact on merchandise sales and donations to compensate for the loss of entry fee revenue. Increased patronage would create a more vibrant and accessible facility for staff, volunteers, the community and visitors. Momentum would be created as a move to a more appropriate space for the Museum is initiated.”
Coffs Harbour Regional Museum’s current fees and charges for entry are $5.00 (incl GST) for persons aged 16 or older, or $3.00 (incl GST) with a student concession and children under 16 receive free entry. School and community groups are charged at the discretion of the Team Leader.
The Museum’s main revenue sources include entry fees, sale of publications and merchandise and donations. The 2017-18 adopted budget for the Museum provides for $2,500 in operating revenue. From July 2017 to April 2018 the Museum has taken $7,730 in operating revenue of which $3,909 was from entry fees. The draft 2018-19 budget provides for $5,575 in revenue.
Visitation at the Museum for 2016-17 was 2,714. From July 2017 to April 2018, the visitation was 2,000.
An appropriate trial period could be for the 12 month period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, with subsequent amendments to Council’s Draft 2018-2021 Delivery Program Budgets (currently on public exhibition).
A report could then be provided to Council in April 2019 outlining the results of the trial so that a decision can be made as to whether to reinstate, change or remove the Museum entry fees for 2019-2020.
Editors note – 30-5-18 – Council voted to adopt Cr Amos’ motion at its meeting on 24 May.