By ERWIN CHLANDA
Liz Martin, pictured above in the foreground, you can’t miss the red hair, with truckers, inductees and guests on Saturday morning at the National Transport Hall of Fame, was doing her final job for the iconic institution that was her life for more than a quarter of a century.
According to a source of the Hall, Ms Martin was hired by the statutory manager of the association now running the multi million dollar attraction, following the sacking of the volunteer managers and board by the NT Government.
The source says this year’s attendance numbers were among the lowest ever for an annual reunion – about 400, with some 70 cancellations.
In previous years, according to a spokesperson for the new manager, the figures were 6000 to 8000 in 2015, 600 in 2016, about 700 in 2017 and 400 last year. Every fifth year is usually a big one – the next one is due in the year 2020.
The source says Ms Martin’s short-term contract to organise this year’s reunion will end on Wednesday – as will be the case for 20 volunteers who signed on for the occasion.
The source also says the new manager appointed by the government, Adelaide law firm, Rosey Batt & Associates, had themselves encountered difficulties when they became unable to access the Hall’s bank accounts.
We are seeking comment.
Past enquiries – how much has the manager charged so far and what are the projected costs, all to be met from the resources of the Hall – have not been answered.