I wish to acknowledge the support for the Museum by the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp and the work of the Chairman of Council, the Hon. Tony Staley and of other Council members. In particular I would like to thank the Deputy Chairman, Mr Marc Besen, whose role in relation to sponsorship is critically important, and Mr John Thame, Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee.
The Museum is lucky to have an active and involved group of over 5000 Friends who support it and act as its publicists and advocates. Over half of these live outside the Canberra region.
Finally, thanks must go to all those who work at the Museum as staff, volunteers or contractors. The Museum's achievements are a credit to their professionalism, skills, knowledge, creativity and effort. They have once again delivered the highest quality of service to our customers and have demonstrated their commitment to making the Museum an ever improving place.
I value immensely their continued support and friendship.
31 July 2003