Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society Inc

Established in 1977, the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society Inc is a local and social history resource for the wider community via artefacts and archives housed in both its heritage listed Museum and virtually on-line. It is also the custodian of our region’s social and cultural history for those immovable artefacts in our region. Our Museum provides a place for people who want to research, celebrate, question and understand our local heritage.


Creative ways to recruit and retain our volunteers

Supported with $6,426 to host a workshop to train the BBHS’s partner NFP’s to create action plans for better volunteer recruitment and retention.

IRCF Priority: Efficiencies, People

This simple application will build on the Governance training funded through the Start-up round and will support and encourage up to 10 of the area’s arts, cultural and historical organisations to focus on developing strategies to engage new volunteers to their organisations. It was important to the group that the training provider had experience working with the creative industries and has been recommended by Museums and Galleries NSW to the group. They are very determined to deliver the training face-to-face and will be flexible in delivery timeframe to allow for any COVID restrictions. 

Aspire, Acquire, Become!

Supported with $22,923 to build organisational capacity through the delivery of Governance training for the Clyde River & Batemans Bay Historical Society and their three local partner historical societies before a major expansion of built infrastructure and complexity of operations.

IRCF Priority: Strategy, People

The Museum has been working toward becoming a major tourist attraction, with the recent bushfires accelerating the organisation’s need to progress. Fires razed facilities where four other heritage groups were housed, and by offering storage space and meeting facilities at the Museum until new accommodation could be found, the gesture triggered a recognition of shared values, and how a cooperative approach could envision a new build Heritage Centre in Batemans Bay. By undertaking the training, a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities required in successfully implementing strong governance and delivery of strategies is seen as integral to the realisation of such a shared community Heritage Centre.

The training involves engaging a professional trainer from the Australian Institute of Company Directors to run a one-and-a-half-day course, providing participants with an understanding of fundamental compliance and performance related roles and responsibilities of directors, specifically in the areas of governance, risk, financial performance and strategy. Attendees will consist of the organisation’s Executive committee, and invited committee members drawn from links with Shire heritage and other Not-For-Profit small groups. As part of this project a small technology upgrade of an Ipad mini will be required to enable interactive webinars.

As our society has grown so have the requirements to improve structure and processes for decision making, accountability, control and behavior. Recognizing this in ourselves, we are most proud of being in a position to enable governance training at a professional level for other small community groups like ourselves.