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Australian Age of Dinosaurs Limited

Contact

Name: Naomi Miles

Position: Business Development Manager

Email: business@aaod.com.au

Address

PO Box 408

Winton

Queensland Region 4735

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Our Mission / Objective

The organisation’s activities include operation of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History (the Museum) which holds annual dinosaur digs in Winton, western Queensland and oversees the year-round operation of Australia’s most productive dinosaur fossil preparation Laboratory.

Since 2005, the AAOD Museum has accumulated the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world and holds the holotype specimens of Diamantinasaurus matildae (“Matilda”), Australia’s most complete sauropod skeleton, and Australovenator wintonensis (“Banjo”), Australia’s most complete theropod skeleton.

Projects in Progress

STAGE 3

This is the last major stage of the AAOD Museum’s development and due to the enormity of this stage, it may be necessary to complete it in several phases.

This is the biggest single step the project will take and the primary reason for the first two stages is that when this step is taken, the majority of products, services, programs and operating protocols are either in place or well advanced in their development.

Stage 3 will see the construction of a multi-million dollar working dinosaur museum facility with preparation laboratory, collection and type room facilities, classrooms, theatres and comprehensive displays. It will also encompass a wide range of ‘external’ displays and dioramas over a large area of the mesa and the building of all associated infrastructure such as parking space, picnic and rest room facilities, walking trails and guided tour facilities.

The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History will be situated approximately 2 km further south south/west from the Reception area. The reception area (Stage 2) will remain as the payment entry gate for museum visitors but its display area will be converted to archival storage, off-site collection register back-up storage and additional office space for general administration, society administration, AAOD Journal production and management offices.

This has been purposely designed to minimise the construction of high cost building space at the museum. The fossil preparation shed (Stage 1) will be converted to a vehicle garaging, equipment storage, bulk merchandise storage and workshop facilities for general maintenance and the construction of museum displays. This will also be a huge saving on high cost museum building space and remove all heavy construction work such as welding to an area safely away from the public.

Apart from museum building construction, Stage 3 includes the development of comprehensive education programs, teacher’s development courses, overseas study tours and scientific research programs. It will also incorporate the construction of natural history displays and dioramas external to the museum building as well as advanced tours and experiential activities.

Our People

CEO

David Elliott, Executive Chairman

Leadership Team

Trish Sloan, Operations Manager

Kylie Stewart, Finance Manager

Naomi Miles, Museum Services Manager

Contact Us

 

Names of Board Members

David Elliott;

Bruce Collins;

Bill Wavish;

Edward Warren

Scott Hocknull

Alisa Leacy

Carol Trewick

“Butch” Lenton

Bob Elliott

Registration Information

ABN

79 130 127 392

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

General Donations

A very effective way to help is to donate. We’re a registered Deductible Gift Recipient so donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

General donations can be made via the  AAOD museum website:

Become a Dinosaur Lab Patron ($25,000/year) Australian Age of Dinosaurs has accumulated the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur bones in a very short time. However this exciting collection of fossils would not have been possible without our dedicated team of young preparators.

Would you like to sponsor a young person and give him/her the chance of a lifetime to become one of them for a year? There are only two Lab Patron positions available each year and all you need to do to secure one of these is to sponsor a young person for a year to become an AAOD Lab technician. The positions available are for: Regional Youth Trainee (1 positions) — 1 year duration, $25,000 Indigenous Youth Trainee (1 position) — 1 year duration, $25,000 By simply making a tax-deductible donation of $25,000 you (or someone dear to you) can become one of this year’s Lab Patrons.

Our dedicated staff will keep you up to date with monthly photographs and reports on the exciting work the trainees are performing, keeping you closely involved with this very exciting project. You will also be included on our special Patrons Plaque.

Dinosaur Dig Patron ($50,000) Each year Australian Age of Dinosaurs holds a dinosaur dig which runs for several weeks. People from all corners of Australia join us for this important event with 39 people (plus staff) becoming involved each year. These digs have seen many exciting discoveries and led to the recovery of most of Australia’s most significant dinosaurs.

Would you like to become closely involved with this exciting event? As this year’s Dig Patron you can be included in all aspects of the dig and will have the opportunity to become involved at the highest level. You will be invited to attend as Guest of Honour at a special dinner with Australian Age of Dinosaurs Company Chairman, local Board Members and one of the dig teams during the dig and will be able to participate in the digs with up to two guests at your leisure.

You will also be included in a monthly lab report from our dedicated young staff on new discoveries and lab progress, and your name will be included on our special Patrons Plaque. The position of Dinosaur Dig Patron can be secured for a tax deductible donation of $50,000, but if you would prefer this position can be shared with another person.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Prep A Dino participants can qualify as an Honorary Technician after completing 10 days of preparation and training with us. These days don’t need to be consecutive – so you can come again! Become an Honorary Technician through our Prep-A-Dino Program:

To qualify as an Honorary Technician, participants are assessed for competence and aptitude by a Senior Technician over the 10 days of preparation. Once you become an Honorary Technician you are able to Prep A Dino free-of-charge provided you participate in refresher training every 12 months (at the cost of $65). Contact the Laboratory & Tour Manager for the accommodation rates that apply.

Limited Honorary Technician positions are guaranteed at any one time during peak tourist season (May to Sept). Positions are allocated on a ‘first-in’ basis. More positions will be available during off peak times.

Dig-A-Dino Experience: Two or three “Dig-A-Dino” weeks are held each year, each consisting of up to thirteen participants in addition to the Museum team which usually includes palaeontologist from other organisations such as Queensland Museum. No previous experience in palaeontology is required but participants must be over 18 years of age.

Working on a dinosaur dig involves patience, a good eye, a steady hand, and the ability to share close quarters with people of diverse ages and backgrounds. The weather is generally dry and windy. The days can be warm to hot with cold nights so bring some warm clothing. Private cars can be taken as far as the accommodation site, about 60 kilometers from Winton in outback Queensland. The Museum will arrange transport to and from the nearby dig site.

What’s included? 7-day experience ex Winton; 5-6 days dinosaur digging; 6 nights on site Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and Queensland Museum palaeontology staff will be in attendance A day trip to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Laboratory and Museum site. An optional day trip to the Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park All meals, including welcome dinner the night before the dig commences Twin share accommodation Pre-dinner drinks each evening Catered morning and afternoon tea breaks Transport from Winton to accommodation site and return, if required

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

The organisation’s activities include operation of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History (the Museum) which holds annual dinosaur digs in Winton, western Queensland and oversees the year-round operation of Australia’s most productive dinosaur fossil preparation Laboratory.

Since 2005, the AAOD Museum has accumulated the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world and holds the holotype specimens of Diamantinasaurus matildae (“Matilda”), Australia’s most complete sauropod skeleton, and Australovenator wintonensis (“Banjo”), Australia’s most complete theropod skeleton.

Projects in Progress

STAGE 3

This is the last major stage of the AAOD Museum’s development and due to the enormity of this stage, it may be necessary to complete it in several phases.

This is the biggest single step the project will take and the primary reason for the first two stages is that when this step is taken, the majority of products, services, programs and operating protocols are either in place or well advanced in their development.

Stage 3 will see the construction of a multi-million dollar working dinosaur museum facility with preparation laboratory, collection and type room facilities, classrooms, theatres and comprehensive displays. It will also encompass a wide range of ‘external’ displays and dioramas over a large area of the mesa and the building of all associated infrastructure such as parking space, picnic and rest room facilities, walking trails and guided tour facilities.

The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History will be situated approximately 2 km further south south/west from the Reception area. The reception area (Stage 2) will remain as the payment entry gate for museum visitors but its display area will be converted to archival storage, off-site collection register back-up storage and additional office space for general administration, society administration, AAOD Journal production and management offices.

This has been purposely designed to minimise the construction of high cost building space at the museum. The fossil preparation shed (Stage 1) will be converted to a vehicle garaging, equipment storage, bulk merchandise storage and workshop facilities for general maintenance and the construction of museum displays. This will also be a huge saving on high cost museum building space and remove all heavy construction work such as welding to an area safely away from the public.

Apart from museum building construction, Stage 3 includes the development of comprehensive education programs, teacher’s development courses, overseas study tours and scientific research programs. It will also incorporate the construction of natural history displays and dioramas external to the museum building as well as advanced tours and experiential activities.

Our People

CEO

David Elliott, Executive Chairman

Leadership Team

Trish Sloan, Operations Manager

Kylie Stewart, Finance Manager

Naomi Miles, Museum Services Manager

Contact Us

 

Names of Board Members

David Elliott;

Bruce Collins;

Bill Wavish;

Edward Warren

Scott Hocknull

Alisa Leacy

Carol Trewick

“Butch” Lenton

Bob Elliott

Registration Information

ABN

79 130 127 392

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

General Donations

A very effective way to help is to donate. We’re a registered Deductible Gift Recipient so donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

General donations can be made via the  AAOD museum website:

Become a Dinosaur Lab Patron ($25,000/year) Australian Age of Dinosaurs has accumulated the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur bones in a very short time. However this exciting collection of fossils would not have been possible without our dedicated team of young preparators.

Would you like to sponsor a young person and give him/her the chance of a lifetime to become one of them for a year? There are only two Lab Patron positions available each year and all you need to do to secure one of these is to sponsor a young person for a year to become an AAOD Lab technician. The positions available are for: Regional Youth Trainee (1 positions) — 1 year duration, $25,000 Indigenous Youth Trainee (1 position) — 1 year duration, $25,000 By simply making a tax-deductible donation of $25,000 you (or someone dear to you) can become one of this year’s Lab Patrons.

Our dedicated staff will keep you up to date with monthly photographs and reports on the exciting work the trainees are performing, keeping you closely involved with this very exciting project. You will also be included on our special Patrons Plaque.

Dinosaur Dig Patron ($50,000) Each year Australian Age of Dinosaurs holds a dinosaur dig which runs for several weeks. People from all corners of Australia join us for this important event with 39 people (plus staff) becoming involved each year. These digs have seen many exciting discoveries and led to the recovery of most of Australia’s most significant dinosaurs.

Would you like to become closely involved with this exciting event? As this year’s Dig Patron you can be included in all aspects of the dig and will have the opportunity to become involved at the highest level. You will be invited to attend as Guest of Honour at a special dinner with Australian Age of Dinosaurs Company Chairman, local Board Members and one of the dig teams during the dig and will be able to participate in the digs with up to two guests at your leisure.

You will also be included in a monthly lab report from our dedicated young staff on new discoveries and lab progress, and your name will be included on our special Patrons Plaque. The position of Dinosaur Dig Patron can be secured for a tax deductible donation of $50,000, but if you would prefer this position can be shared with another person.

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Prep A Dino participants can qualify as an Honorary Technician after completing 10 days of preparation and training with us. These days don’t need to be consecutive – so you can come again! Become an Honorary Technician through our Prep-A-Dino Program:

To qualify as an Honorary Technician, participants are assessed for competence and aptitude by a Senior Technician over the 10 days of preparation. Once you become an Honorary Technician you are able to Prep A Dino free-of-charge provided you participate in refresher training every 12 months (at the cost of $65). Contact the Laboratory & Tour Manager for the accommodation rates that apply.

Limited Honorary Technician positions are guaranteed at any one time during peak tourist season (May to Sept). Positions are allocated on a ‘first-in’ basis. More positions will be available during off peak times.

Dig-A-Dino Experience: Two or three “Dig-A-Dino” weeks are held each year, each consisting of up to thirteen participants in addition to the Museum team which usually includes palaeontologist from other organisations such as Queensland Museum. No previous experience in palaeontology is required but participants must be over 18 years of age.

Working on a dinosaur dig involves patience, a good eye, a steady hand, and the ability to share close quarters with people of diverse ages and backgrounds. The weather is generally dry and windy. The days can be warm to hot with cold nights so bring some warm clothing. Private cars can be taken as far as the accommodation site, about 60 kilometers from Winton in outback Queensland. The Museum will arrange transport to and from the nearby dig site.

What’s included? 7-day experience ex Winton; 5-6 days dinosaur digging; 6 nights on site Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and Queensland Museum palaeontology staff will be in attendance A day trip to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Laboratory and Museum site. An optional day trip to the Dinosaur Stampede at Lark Quarry Conservation Park All meals, including welcome dinner the night before the dig commences Twin share accommodation Pre-dinner drinks each evening Catered morning and afternoon tea breaks Transport from Winton to accommodation site and return, if required

Our Annual Reports

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