Flinders Ports Group charts course to support local community
8 August 2013
Flinders Port Holdings Chief Executive, Vincent Tremaine, underlined the group’s commitment to the South Australian Maritime Museum at the opening of the Windjammers exhibition in Port Adelaide on 2 August.
“Flinders Ports has been working with the Maritime Museum since 2001 and we are delighted to support their latest exhibition commemorating the last days of sail,” said Mr Tremaine.
The South Australian Maritime Museum runs a number of community access days, when the Museum is open to the public free of charge. This year’s open days are planned to coincide with the Port Festival, which is taking place on 19 and 20 October.
“Social inclusion is essential to maintain a thriving community. As a strong supporter of local people in Port Adelaide, the Flinders Ports Group backs these open days at the museum. Giving back to families that might not otherwise experience the museum and the port’s seafaring history is important,” said Mr Tremaine.
“We are mindful of our place in the Port Adelaide community and acknowledge the company’s past development in terms of its relationship with the community and the wider environment. Our work with the SA Maritime Museum is an ideal way to achieve this and it also brings wider social and economic benefits to the suburb,” Mr Tremaine continued.
Flinders Port Holdings works in tandem with the Maritime Museum to deliver education programs for school groups at Port Adelaide’s Outer Harbor.
“The partnership has been a resounding success,” confirmed Mr Tremaine, “To date 475,000 people have visited the Museum to view exhibitions, benefitted from free days or taken part in the education programs that we’ve sponsored.”
Mr Tremaine affirmed that the Flinders Ports Group was planning to continue its support for the South Australian Maritime Museum on a long term partnership basis.
“Flinders Port Holdings has sponsored 11 exhibitions, including Windjammers, and we look forward to supporting many more,” said Mr Tremaine.
The Windjammers: The Last Grain Races showcases the story of the men and women who took part in the final voyages of sailing ships transporting grain from the Yorke Peninsula to Europe in 1949. The exhibition was officially opened by The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Federal Member for Port Adelaide and Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Water and Heritage on 2 August. The exhibition will run at the South Australian Maritime Museum until 1 December.