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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
50 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 The RANCCF is managed by the RAN Central Canteens Board (RANCCB) with a primary mission to provide sustainable recreational and lifestyle benefits to Navy members. The RANCCF also makes major grants to The Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF) and the Navy Sports Council. It also makes loans and grants to ships, establishments and other bodies on request. It currently runs four main business arms as detailed below. RANCCB The Board members are: • RADM Peter Marshall AM (Chairman Board and Remuneration Committee) • CAPT Ian Murray (Chair Strategy Committee) • CAPT Neville Teague CSM • CMDR Christine Clarke • LCDR Hugh Cameron CSC (Chair Audit Risk and Governance Committee • LCDR Emma Gaudry (Chair Finance and Operations Committee) • WO Martin Holzberger CSC Strategic Goals The Board has adopted the following strategic goals which are revisited annually: • Maintain an inflation adjusted asset base. • Maximise sustainable revenue growth of the RANCCF. • Enhance benefit streams for serving Navy members • Identify, manage and build critical relationships. RANCCF Revenues Levies The 3 1/3% levy on gross sales from RAN Service System Canteens has been the major contributor to the RANCCF's successes and one of the key reasons why the RANCCF has been positioned in later years to withstand proposals to merge with other canteen systems. Levies received over the past 4 years were: FY07 FY08 FY09 FY10 Levies $272,301 $339,960 $337,918 $363,743 SALT SALT (www.salt.asn.au), an e-commerce business marketing Navy memorabilia and paraphernalia, was introduced initially as CCFShop to the Navy community during November 2004. Whilst this was planned as a "gap service" focusing on comprehensive promotional products, gifts and merchandise the service soon became a successful revenue stream in competition with all other commercial operators. Quality products are carefully selected every year to create a collection of Royal Australian Navy branded merchandise. Each product ensures a high profile branding and functionality which is approved by Brand Navy. Merchandise with Ship, Establishment and FEG logos or crests are also available. SALT has a primary goal of quality and value of product. SALT is one of the few commercial operations that have Brand Navy approval to use the Navy Brand. The back office of SALT is managed by a group named Brandnet based in Fyshwick, ACT. Ms Norma Garrett is the SALT representative and can be reached on 02 6123 2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org. RANCCF Holiday Centres Based on the changing demographics of the RAN the Board of the RANCCF has adopted a more dynamic approach to secure suitable holiday accommodation benefits for RAN personnel. The current RANCCF Holiday Parks -- Forster Holiday Village near Forster Tuncurry; 3 hours north of Sydney (www.forstergardens.com.au), Amblin Holiday Park near Busselton, WA (www.amblin-caravanpark.com.au) only 2 hours from Perth and BIG4 Bungalow Park (www.bungalow-park.com.au) 2 hours from Canberra and 3 hours from Sydney - have received significant capital injections over the past 5 years replacing much of the old infrastructure with modern facilities. BIG4 Bungalow Park has been at the forefront with these developments, winning industry awards every year over the past three years. The RANCCF Holiday Centres were originally managed as benefit stream but are currently a major contributor to the RANCCF's revenue providing most of the funding for Navy sport and grants. The three main centres were recently augmented with the acquisition of the new Pandanus Pocket apartment near the Gold Coast. Additional holiday and travelling benefits have also been recently added through the SALT Vacation Club (www.salt.affordableholidays.com.au) focussing on local holiday opportunities in Australia and New Zealand. The Armed Forced Vacation Club (www.afvclub.com.au) and RANCCF Travel Portal (www.ranccf.worldtravel.com.au) were also added to ensure value added international travel and accommodation benefits. Win with Navy Raffle Two years ago the idea of a Raffle to provide additional revenue for lifestyle and entertainment benefits for RAN personnel was approved. The first ever raffle draw attracted 2349 participants. Currently more than 3700 members have enrolled for the first major draw of Win with Navy sporting a Commodore V6 or a Ford XR 6 or Gold Bullion as prize on 9 Dec 2010. There are plans for bigger, better and more prizes when the number of participants grows. For more details see www.winwithnavy.com.au. At the time of writing the Board was finalising decisions on transferring in excess of $100,000 in profit to applicants. The bigger the revenue stream for the RANCCF the more money will be available for ships funds, sailor's recreational facilities and products and Navy sport. RANCCF -- Changing to benefit Navy members The RAN Central Canteens Fund (RANCCF) is expanding its Navy footprint. I will attempt to very broadly explain why ... but first, what does the RANCCF do now? BY BARNIE VAN WYK, CEO RANCCF