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BEAUMARIS CONSERVATION SOCIETY


PRESIDENT’S REPORT


T0 26TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 20TH SEPTEMBER, 1978

 

Although the past year has been another quiet year insofar as this Society has not been called upon to represent any strongly felt local conservation issues, we have however been active in some of the aims as originally constituted for the Beaumaris Tree Preservation Society.

 

After attending a series of formative meetings with the City of Sandringham the Society was invited to the opening of the Sandringham Community Plant Nursery and its first working day where seed planting techniques were demonstrated and a barbecue lunch was held, on the 9th July 1978. The objective of the plant nursery is summarised as encouraging community interest in a practical satisfying manner to participate in the nurturing of native plants indigenous to the area for community use.

 

Since the opening of the plant nursery, in co-operation with the S.C.C. we have commenced planting of additional areas at the Beach Reserve, initial drawings and plans for which were submitted to the Council for approval in March 1976.

 

This planting project will continue in the following year, previously planted areas have been maintained and all trees planted within the enclosures which have died have been replaced and surviving plants generally have stood up well to the elements and to vandalism.

 

A planned maintenance programme for the Gramatan Avenue Heathland Sanctuary has been instigated and trimmings from this reserve have been utilized as natural protection in the Beach Reserve areas. Generally this method appears more aesthetically pleasing and promises to be just as functional as the former wire guard method of protection

 

The Society this year was not involved in the Lions Club Fair due to changes from previous years in the charges to stall holders, the percentage required from our supplier and the consequent drop in estimates of profit left to the Society from the sale of plants based on previous years takings.

 

With the opening of the Community Plant Nursery and the supply free of charge of plants, one area of expense to the Society in previous years bas now been eliminated.

 

One expense to the Society which it is important to maintain however is our membership as in previous years of

            The Australian Conservation Foundation

            Conservation Council of Victoria and

            Port Phillip Conservation Council from which we receive regular correspondence.

 

The opinion of the Society has been sought by the Sandringham Council concerning construction of additional boat launching ramps at Half Moon Bay and the re-arrangement of car parking in the area, details of which were circulated to members and their comments included in a reply to the Council.

 

During the year I have attended functions to hear such notable speakers in the conservation area as Dr H.C. Coombes and Prof. Sir Marcus Oliphant. Discussion with others present at these occasions revealed wide interest in the activities of our Society and the changing pattern of community interests.

 

In an attempt to streamline procedures this year we have taken steps to amend the Constitution, to reduce the numbers necessary for a quorum and to facilitate ordinary members voting participation in issues as they arise. Details of this proposal have been circulated and hopefully will be effected tonight. Once concluded, these amendments should have the effect of speedier implementation of projects without being frustrated by members who are, for one reason or another, not able to participate in the organization of the Society.

 

In a different direction, to keep up with changes this year, we have also arranged for the first gathering in the new year to be a social night to celebrate our 25 years which makes us surely one of the oldest surviving Societies.

 

Should the social night prove a success in bringing people together on common ground to exchange views concerning conservation ideas and needs felt within the community, then this night may set the pattern for future meetings and may revitalize interest as a whole.

 

Again at is my pleasure to thank the hard core of members, many of whom are here tonight for their efforts during the year and hope they will continue to find some time in the forthcoming year to lend support to the projects planned and to encourage others to do the same.

 

 

R.P. Weir