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29th November, 1977

This year, my fifth in association with the Society and first as its President, has seen no dramatic or particularly controversial local conservation issues within the area.


The role of the Society in these circumstances is to do the following.

To maintain contact with the hard core of active members who can be called upon to instigate and encourage participation from others within the community when issues do arise calling for the involvement of the Society. The small group here tonight is typical of those vital to the continuance of so many small Societies.

To maintain membership of, and communication with, other conservation groups. The Society is currently a member of

            Australian Conservation Foundation

            Conservation Council of Victoria

            Port Phillip Conservation Council

and receives regular correspondence from many other organizations either forwarding information or soliciting action.

To improve upon, or at least preserve, out financial standing in order to be better equipped to tackle conservation issues and projects. This year our cash at bank has increased 30% over the previous year’s balance. This has been achieved despite a fall in membership, mainly through proceeds from the Keys Street Plant Stall and the Lions Club Plant Stall.

To tend to the upkeep of planting projects carried out in previous years and to caretake areas vested largely in our responsibility such as the Beach Park area, Gramatan Heathland Sanctuary and other reserves of importance in the area.

To keep a watchdog role within the community. Unfortunately still very necessary, when others, through conflicting vested interests or plain ignorance, and frequently both, are tempted to overlook any appreciation of our existing natural areas and what could be done to enhance our environment.

I feel the Society has upheld the above, and trust that the forthcoming year, the Society’s 25th, will see in the absence of any major issues, a drive for increased membership, public involvement and appreciation of the importance of maintaining local natural features peculiar to the area.

I thank all those who have kept within the hard core of the Society through the last year as Office Bearers, Committee Members and others.


R.P. Weir