According to Australian Cinematographers Society National President, Ron Johanson ACS the organization first started thinking about a headquarters as far back as 1958 when the Society was first formed.
Johanson said, “It was a dream then and has been up until now.”
2010 saw the culmination of many years of saving, planning and discussion that has led the ACS to be able to purchase their very first ACS National Headquarters.
Johanson continued, “This truly historic event for the Society has come about because of the dedicated people within the ACS and those supporters from within the industry itself such as Fujifilm. There are many individuals that deserve credit for this purchase finally coming to pass. From our founding fathers, to successive Federal/National Executives, the list is a long one, but there are men like, John Leake OAM ACS, Jack Gardiner ACS, Milton Ingerson OAM ACS and Bruce Hillyard ACS, whose canny ability to invest wisely has really paid off. Two years ago the ACS decided to name the headquarters in honour of one of those remarkable men, John Leake OAM ACS. It must be said however, that the National Headquarters is a testament to all our founding fathers and to those that have come along since.”
The headquarters committee, chaired by NSW President, Calvin Gardiner ACS, searched relentlessly to find the right property. When all the available options had been considered, it was felt the property at 26 Ridge St. North Sydney, comprising an entire floor, ticked most of the boxes.
Johanson added, “The building is in a very central position with great facilities and represents a sound investment for the future. It requires only cosmetic work to be undertaken on the interior once we take possession later this year.”
The new National Headquarters gives the ACS the opportunity to begin to centralise its operations and gives all members a place to belong.
Ron Johanson concluded, “Marc Van Agten and Fujifilm have also played a pivotal role in realising our dream. With their generous subsidy offer to all those cinematographers who choose to use Fuji stock, we have been able to consolidate our investments and have a firm financial base from which to negotiate. The Society is very grateful to Fujifilm for this support and as ever, special thanks must also go to Marc Van Agten for his wise counsel and continued commitment to the ACS.”
Australian Cinematographers Society National President, Ron Johanson ACS The new ACS HQ at 26 Ridge Street, North Sydney, NSW.For more press information contact Salvatore Di Muccio at Well Above on +61 412 64 99 64 or at firstname.lastname@example.org