PRESIDENT’S REPORT 1975

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PRESIDENT’S
REPORT TO 23RD ANNUAL
GENERAL MEETING
29th October, 1975
During the year a
reasonably balanced program between conserving the local environment
and promoting an awareness of conservation has been managed by the
Society.CONSERVING
THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT

     (a)  Plantng Banksia
integrifolia
at Ricketts
Point
 Of the 40 trees that were planted
last year about 5 have survived. It was considered that most were
damaged by accident and that if wire guards were placed around each
tree their chance of survival would be greater.

Sandringham City Council agreed to supply material for the guards, and
the Society purchased and planted 40 more trees and erected the guards.
The new plants have been there about 4 months, and are all surviving.
During the summer months, the Society plans to observe them regularly,
water and maintain them as required.    
(b)  Sea Scouts’
Boat Shed –  Table Rock Our appeal to the M.M.B.W. Planning
Tribunal on the siting of a new boat shed was not successful, and the
Society agreed under protest not to take the matter any further.   
(c)  Boat
Launching Ramps To assist the P.P.C.C. to
formulate an overall policy for boat launching facilities around the
Bay, the Society prepared a report on the local coastline.

This report concluded that the most suitable areas were already being
used for boat launching, and any additional new sites would be a
traffic hazard and cause major disturbance to the character of the
foreshore.  
(d)  Recycling
Garbage We are assessing practical
schemes of recycling garbage that will be a benefit to the Sandringham
Council by reducing the volume of garbage and avoiding wastage of
useful material.  
(e)  Litter on
the Foreshore Tonight, with our guest speaker
from Keep Australia Beautiful Council, the Society is launching its
summer campaign to help reduce the amount of litter on the Beaumaris
foreshore.PROMOTING
AN AWARENESS OF CONSERVATION  
(a)  Public
Meeting on Port Phillip Bay A Public Meeting was held on
14th March in the Beaumaris Community Centre covering the effects of
development around the Bay.

Two guest speakers gave their views:-

Mr V.Warren – Director, Town and Country Planning Board

Dr R.Birrell – Sociologist, Monash University

After extensive invitations to Life Saving Clubs and Boating Clubs
around the Bay, and advertising, about 100 local residents attended.

It is planned to have a series of such meetings to help inform people
on the conditions of the Bay.

B.R.A.S.C.A. has agreed to hold the next meeting in Black Rock.  
(b)  Native
Flora Tour In conjunction with
B.R.A.S.C.A., the Society for Growing Australian Plants and Bruce Muir,
Botanist, a tour of three local heathlands was held on Sunday, 21st
September. The heathlands visited were:

The Society’s Gramatan Avenue Reserve
Beaumaris High School Reserve
Bay Road Reserve near Sandringham Technical School

The public response was enthusiastic and informed group leaders brought
attention to various species and answered many questions.  
(c)  Native
Flora and Birds of Beaumaris The Society is gathering
information on Plants and Bird Life native to Beaumaris so that it can
be published.   TREASURER During the year, our Treasurer,
Mr W.Ridland, was forced to retire because of ill health. Our thoughts
and wishes are with him hoping that he will recover soon.

Barbara Cook accepted nomination as new Treasurer. AUDITOR The appointed Auditors,
L.F.Hodgson, were not able to audit this year’s accounts.

R.McKinlay, Accountant, accepted nomination for this year.NEW MEMBERS The Society invites all
residents with an interest in conservation to discuss joining the
Society, with the President or Secretary.

I thank all Office Bearers and Committee Members for their support and
constant efforts throughout the year. 

K. (Kenneth)
Rendell,
PRESIDENT