According to Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Federal 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, however, saw the culmination of many years of saving, planning and discussion that has led to us being able to purchase our very first ACS National Headquarters.”
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. Johanson continued, “There are many individuals that deserve credit for this purchase finally coming to pass. From our founding fathers, to successive Federal 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 Hillyartd ACS, whose canny ability to invest wisely has really paid off. Two years ago the ACS Federal Executive 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 in November.”
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 a 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 grateful to Fujifilm for this support and special thanks must also go to Marc Van Agten, for his counsel and continued commitment to the ACS.”
Australian Cinematographers Society Federal President Ron Johanson ACS The new ACS clubhouse and HQ at 26 Ridge Street, North Sydney, NSW.
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