Update on the VMA from Bruce Mildenhall Acting Chairperson

In addition to the increased Federal Government funding for the construction of the Vietnamese Museum Australia, and Maribyrnong Council granting a planning permit, there is more news.

Board representatives and Program Management Office (PMO) have met with VCA Chapters: ACT, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Wollongong to discuss increasing representation as company members from around Australia. Those states agreed to come back to the VMA board with suggestions to amend the constitution to move quickly in this direction.

The Australian taxpayer is now the major investor in the Museum project, so it is becoming more and more a truly national cultural institution.

With enough money to start the project, our Project Management team are being assisted by a major project management company to invite tenders for builders. There is also a group learning from the experience of other cultural museums such as the Melbourne Holocaust Museum on operational management. Melbourne has a number of these we are learning from: the Chinese, Islamic, Hellenic and Italian. The Vietnamese Museum Australia will sit proudly alongside these established institutions.

Yours sincerely

Bruce Mildenhall

Acting Chair of the Board of Directors

Vietnamese Museum Australia Ltd