ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
27TH OCTOBER 2015
Firstly, this summary is on the 2015 Planting Season and what a season it was! Our main focus was on the Kororoit Creek/Jones Creek site Stages 1, 2 and 3. This site has been totally developed with the planting of native vegetation with huge assistance Melbourne Water in the form of grants over three years. This site has been a bit of a saga with Stage 2 being interrupted in 2014 when we were advised that a huge water pipe had to be upgraded through the area. Plants relocated or destroyed while works took place. Works completed, new plants put in only to have a burst water main early in 2015 which meant Stage 2 and some of Stage 1 was destroyed once again – absolutely heartbreaking. On each occasion, plants were thriving, a lot of volunteer hours, including hand watering had been lost. With our never say die attitude, the site is once again looking fabulous with a third planting and maintenance carried out. (Reinstatement costs were received from the Contractor and broken spirits mended along the way.)
A special thank you to all our regular volunteers along with the Phu Dong Scout Group and the Caroline Chisholm Catholic College who have given the group a huge amount of enthusiastic volunteer hours.
A special acknowledgement to Ashleigh Renaut and his RMIT crew for their incredible planting under the Communities for Nature Project. This grant was obtained for a huge planting within the Melton Shire. Their contribution not only under this funding, but their support of the FOKC has been fantastic.
Our Site/Friends agreements continued to work very well, giving the different teams the opportunity to organise their own times, areas and tasks to suit their individual requirements. Although Forrest/Carter Streets have been a bit neglected because of the volunteer work put into Jones/Kororoit Creeks site. The following working bees are in place –
- Buckingham Reserve – 1st Saturday in the month – Feb to November
- Forrest/Carter Streets – 3rd Saturday in the month – Feb to November
- Davitt Drive, Deer Park – As required
- Mid Week Maintenance Group – 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, weather permitting.
Membership continues to grow slowly but we were thrilled with the inclusion of ‘Beautiful Brimbank’ to the Group. This is a group of residents in the Sunshine area whose main focus is on litter in our Community. They have shown themselves be knowledgeable, professional and extremely enthusiastic.
Bank Account as at 30th June 2015 – $11,493.78 ($10,562.17 Grants). Full report attached.
Bank Account as at 27th October 2015 – $9,079.31 (Grants $7626.68)
During the year the Group participated in Clean Up Australia Day and various plantings with Brimbank City Council, including a planting at the end of Ardoyne St for National Tree Day (once again supported by the Phu Dong Scout Group).
SPECIAL THANKS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS –
- Luke Duggan, Effortless Web, for his patience with us in setting up a new website. This is still a work in progress. Also special appreciation to Helen Snee for her input with this.
- Melbourne Water – for accepting our grant applications which has allowed fantastic work to be done at Jones/Kororoit Creeks.
- ORICA Limited for their continued support of the Group and the housing of the Group’s tool trailer
- Our thanks to the Conservation Team at Brimbank City Council for their support and assistance.
- Secretary, Tony de Gabriele, for his enthusiasm and tireless efforts for the Group.
- Lastly, but by no means least, Gerard Morel of Melbourne Water whose enthusiasm, knowledge and ongoing willingness to assist the Group has been fantastic.
- To ALL VOLUNTEERS who have assisted us during the Planting Season with special mention to those who go above and beyond. You know who you are, so a sincere thank you.
I would like to sincerely thank the founding members of FOKC and our long term members, together with all members/volunteers both within and beyond our Group for the fantastic effort during the 2015 season and look forward to continued success along our Creek. It is volunteers who support the FOKC who make our Group what it is – A BIG THANK YOU TO ONE AND ALL.