MINUTES OF ORDINARY MEETING
HELD TUESDAY 9th April 2013
Harvester Room Hampstead Road Sunshine
Present: Linda Roberts, Tony de Gabriele, Colin and Avis Dunne, Richard Piesse, Renate Haehnsen, Glenda and Peter Kueng, Anne Beevers, Ingrid Duenzl, Karin Saliba, Gerard Morel
Apologies, Maureen Edwards, Gordon Simpson, Ferdi Saliba, Martha Ragg, Rosemary Armstrong, Charles Nash
Meeting opened 7:15 pm after a small problem with gaining entry to the meeting venue.
- Welcome was made to the all and Linda distributed a few boxes of chocolates for members to enjoy.
- Minutes of Last Meeting
- Acceptance of Minutes – Moved Tony, Seconded Linda – Carried;
- SITE REPORTS
- Buckingham Reserve – Rubbish collection was carried out at the last working bee. Observations of the rubbish type suggested that more rubbish bins around the barbeque area could help reduce the litter. A letter to the council was suggested by Linda.
- Midweek Working Group – No regular activity as yet. Richard suggested that weeding could be done at Esmond Street planting. Also Carter Street could benefit from some weeding. Avis suggested that Beachley too needed weeding. Guards on Melb Water plantings needed some maintenance or removal. Rubbish is also collecting along the creek, and photos should be submitted to the group to allow contact with the council or Melbourne Water. Linda agreed to contact Martha to prompt her or others to contact the mid-week group.
- Carter Street – Aiming for a restart on 20 April to tackle weeds.
- Davitt Drive Area – Money to be spent on another weed spray to prepare the site for more planting. Karin will organize to collect plants that Rosemary has. Watering was done over summer.
The recent pricking out day went well with all plants done in about 2 hours and all were thriving.
- Glenda reported that rubbish dumping was occurring along Millbank Drive, however this has been reported and was cleaned up.
- Karin reported that there was a fence that had been burned on Melb Water land, so there was an opportunity to put plants in this area.
- Gerard reported that Melbourne Water will not pay for earthmoving or removal of rocks. Sites that needed terraces could not have the terracing works done by Melbourne water.
- SECRETARY’s REPORT
- Nil to Report
- TREASURER’s REPORT
- Current balance is $12,230 which has been allocated to the various projects underway.
- Minutes of the Orica community meeting were circulated
- Clearing of lad has begun north of Ballarat Road.
- The future of the Orica site is likely to be a light industry.
- A grant for $3.300 has been received for the site preparation near Jones Creek.
- Plants have been ordered for this site and a planting day is aimed for July 2013, but still to be confirmed;
- Some discussion on how to engage with the residents in the Retirement Village with a view to them keeping an eye on the plantings – things such as contacting the manager of the village or a newsletter to the group? A letter box drop could also be useful.
- No progress.
- MEETING VENUE
- Payment is at the full rate even though we are a community group.
- MELBOURNE WATER – Bus Trip
- Another bus trip could be organized as a means of attracting new members.
- A tentative date of 26 October would be reasonable, with Melb Water helping with publicity.
- The itinerary and other details need further discussion.
- MELBOURNE WATER – Goats
- There are 67 goats around the Somerville and McDonalds Roads area of the creek;
- They are eating all things, including weeds and the survival rate of the young is very good;
- Gerard has been working on getting something done about them. There are 16 along the creek, and 51 further out on private land.
- The “Wildpro” company will be doing trapping of the goats along the creek, with shooting as a last resort.
- MELBOURNE WATER – Projects
- Melbourne Water is helping Orica clean up and plant north of Ballarat Road. South of Ballarat Road clearing of weeds is to start.
- Last year’s plantings near Moore Park have had a 50% death rate so Melbourne Water has asked the contractor to fix.
- Melbourne Water will be planting between Somerville Road and the Macedonian property on the east side of the creek.
- Gerard has been meeting with business along the creek to work out what can be one to improve the visual appearance around the creek. The businesses are TransPacific, City Circle and Fullarton Hogan.
- Gerard’s position is up for renewal in August 2013 as he is replacing someone on maternity leave.
- Kororoit Creek Coordination meeting due soon as it is on a 6 monthly basis.
- GENERAL BUSINESS;
- Volunteer Week is coming – A morning tea is being organized with invites going to those on the Volunteer Register.
- The Brimbank Biodiversity Strategy has been received and is available to members;
- Friends of Maribyrnong Valley have provided their newsletter. The AGM of the Living Museum of the West was coming up on 17 April at Pipemakers Park starting at 6:30pm.
MEETING CLOSED approx 8.20pm
Next Meeting –
Tuesday 11th June 7.00pm – Harvester Meeting Room
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 2013
Tuesdays – 11th June, 13th August, 8th October (AGM)
10th December (Christmas Dinner)