PRESIDENT’S REPORT 1974

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PRESIDENT’S
REPORT TO 22ND ANNUAL
GENERAL MEETING
for the year ending September, 1974
The Committee has met
regularly each month. Early in the year we were concerned with
understanding our objectives more clearly; and after discussing a
number of ideas a consensus was reached that our objectives were in two
related areas:1.
Conserving
our local environment. 2.Promoting an
awareness of conservation among the people of Beaumaris.
 1.  Conserving
our Local Environment

The Society was involved in the following activities:
     (a)  Plantng Banksia
integrifolia
at Ricketts
Point
 As many of the existing trees are dying and
threatened by car access the Society obtained permission from the
Council to plant 40 trees in the area between the Life Saving Club and
the Yacht Club.
These were planted in groups and the Council erected a wire fence
around each group to offer protection until they become established.    
(b)  Tea Trees
on Table Rock Along with Mrs Cope, the Society
brought to the Council’s attention that the top soil on Table Rock was
being eroded away and tree roots were left exposed. If the character of
Table Rock was to be preserved, top soil should be replaced and
indigenous plants established to help bind the soil.
The Council has brought in top soil and work has commenced.   
(c)  Native Tree
Planting The Society is encouraging
Council, and assisting where required, to plant nature strips and car
parks with suitable native trees.
A sheme was submitted for the Dalgetty Road closure.  
(d)  Heathland
Sanctuary – Gramatan Avenue Before the Spring growth, a work
party was arranged to prune back tea tree and remove weeds.  
(e)  Council
Meetings The Society has arranged for a
member to attend each Council meeting and report on any topic relating
to conservation.  
(f)  Street
Closures We believe that well-planned
street closures can be a significant aspect in improving our
environment. We are therefore encouraging Council to hold public
meetings to inform and involve the community so that understanding is
improved and antagonism reduced.  
(g)  Sea Scouts’
Boat Shed As the Sea Scouts’ Boat Shed,
located on a projecting rock platform, was burnt down, we considered
this would be an opportunity to make it less conspicuous and less
disturbing to the aesthetic appeal of this coastline, by locating it
closer to the hillside next to their present building.
When the M.M.B.W. granted a building permit on the old site the Society
lodged an appeal. The hearing for this appeal is 1st October 1974.2.  Promoting
an Awareness of Conservation

     During the year, the Society was
involved in
the following activiities:  
(a)  Foto Flora The Society sponsored and
arranged an exhibition in the Black Roc k Civic Hall of this well-known
photographic competition.
The effort spent by John Halliday and his committee in arranging the
exhibition was well rewarded. Over 200 people enjoyed these beautiful
slides.  
(b)  Tour of
Indigenous Vegetation of Beaumaris Much of our indigenous
vegetation is being crowded out by foreign species to such an extent
that the indigenous varieties are not well-known.l
Geoff Goode arranged a tour of the Gramatan Avenue Heathland Reserve
and the foreshore to introduce and describe the various species.  
(c)  Affiliations To assist our involvement in,
and awareness of, broader issues, the Society is a member of the
following conservation groups:-
Australian Conservation
Foundation

Port Phillip
Conservation Council

Conservation Council of Victoria 

K. (Kenneth)
Rendell,
President,
BEAUMARIS CONSERVATION SOCIETY