MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
HELD TUESDAY 11th February 2014
Harvester Room Hampshire Road Sunshine
Present: Linda Roberts, Tony de Gabriele, Glenda and Peter Kueng, Richard Piesse, Renate Haehnsen, Ingrid Duenzl, Gerard Morel, Gordon Simpson, Martha Ragg, Anne Beevers
Apologies, Colin and Avis Dunne, Maureen Edwards, Rosemary Armstrong, Charles Nash, Ferdi Saliba;
Meeting opened 7:10 pm.
- PREVIOUS MINUTES
- One correction to previous minutes. Reference to “Hampstead Road” needs to be corrected to “Hampshire Road”.
- CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY
- Ferdi and Karin are organizing sites at Davitt Drive and Robinsons Road
- Tony has a site at Buckingham Reserve where Orica will probably assist;
- Sites need to be registered on the official Clean Up Australia day website.
- Brimbank Council offered to help with the Buckingham Reserve site.
- SITE REPORTS
- Buckingham Reserve – No Activity – Clean Up Australia Day activity planned.
- Midweek Working Group – Plants are being ordered by Brimbank Council with a view to doing some infill at Beachley. A request for mulch for this area needs to go to Tracey.
- Carter Street – No Activity.
- Davitt Drive Area – No Activity – Clean Up Australia Day activity planned.
- Gournay Drive in Cairnlea (sprayed by contractors). It was not clear if the President got the photos. She will check.
- SECRETARY’s REPORT
- Nil to Report
- TREASURER’s REPORT
- No Report
- Gerard mentioned that Orica was approached for planting projects with graduates.
- Davitt Drive
- Report needed;
- Budget and spending to date $1600;
- Hours of labour also to be reported.
- Trial site has been found to be salty and subject to flooding;
- More plants can be bought with the remaining money.
- Jones Creek – Stage 1
- The President thanked Gerard, Ferdi, Karin, and Anne for their efforts at watering this site over the hot weather period.
- Two pumps have helped move water up the slopes from the creek;
- $2645 remaining;
- Quote received
- Weeding $100; Mulch $2255; Labour $1200 – this exceeds the budget.
- Gerard mentioned that environment students may be interested volunteering with our environmental activities. He can write to the supervisor to see what could be done.
- Another option would be to approach the Land Management people at VicUni to see if their students had an interest in volunteering on our environmental projects.
- Martha noted that the Chilean needle grass at the Jones Creek site needs to be tackled.
- The weed control could progress, but the mulching needs to be done differently.
- The offset from water pipe construction through this site is still awaited. Hayley at Brimbank Council has some information on this.
- The drain at this site also needs to be cleared.
- Gerard mentioned that Water Sensitive Urban design would see a way to have a drain that cleans the water. However the expense was too great even if Melbourne Water provided additional funds.
- Jones Creek – Stage 2
- Grant has been approved for $7000;
- This grant extends the planting closer to the creek;
- Aiming for Saturday May 17th for the planting activity;
- Some discussion about promoting this planting day – with Melbourne Water able to supply a banner. The group needs to think about a Press Release as a way to get this into local newspapers;
- Thiess Grants
- Awaiting a decision on an application to plant area at end of Fraser Street;
- An invoice is needed to allow Thiess to get the $2000 funds to the group;
- MELBOURNE WATER – Gerard Morel
- Gerard met with the contractor spraying and mulching the area between Forest Street and the Rail line. A planting is expected in this area in the future.
- A project around the Macedonian Club will tackle the weeds and trees are to go in. There were 9 different landholders involved.
- A walk-through of the Orica site along the creek where the clean-up occurred could be organized for some time in June.
- GENERAL BUSINESS;
- Council Grant of $500 was available and uses included weeding, floppy hats for members and carts to help with on-site activities.
- The 2014 Brimbank Environmental Calendar was out and could be found on the Brimbank Council website. It needs to go on the FOKC website too.
- Sustainable Living Expo for Brimbank will be on 22 February. FOKC could set up a poster and provided pamphlets to attract new members.
- Brimbank Council is doing a vegetation assessment but the report has not yet been received. From this the Davitt Drive Wildflower Garden is likely to become a protected area.
- The Harvester meeting room will remain available for next FOKC meeting, so a new meeting location can be raised then.
- A fire risk near Opie Road has been identified as the grass close to the creek is not getting mowed and is over a meter high in some places. Martha will get the exact location and follow up.
- Martha spoke about the effects of a burn off along the East Esplanade in St Albans, along the railway. The burn made the native plants regenerate so that the place looked like a wildflower garden. Seeds were collected by the Brimbank Council.
MEETING CLOSED approx 8.45pm
Next Meeting –Tuesday 8th April
DON’T FORGET OUR WORKING BEES – TURN UP FOR AS LONG OR LITTLE AS YOU LIKE (10.00 – 12.00)
BUCKINGHAM RESERVE WORKING BEES – 1st SATURDAY IN THE MONTH
CARTER ST WORKING BEES – 3rd SATURDAY IN THE MONTH,
MID WEEK MAINTENANCE GROUP – 1st and 3rd THURSDAY of the month (weather permitting)
DAVITT DRIVE WORKING BEES – As required
PROPOSED SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR 2014
(All second Tuesdays of the month at 7 pm at the Harvester Meeting Room)
Annual General Meeting
Christmas Dinner Meeting