PRESIDENT’S REPORT 1976

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PRESIDENT’S
REPORT TO 24TH ANNUAL
GENERAL MEETING
5th October, 1976
What is the Beaumaris
Conservation Society?

It is a group of people resident in Beaumaris who are keenly interested
in the quality of their environment.

The Society is also a member of other conservation groups that tackle
broader conservation issues. It is currently a member of:

         Australian Conservation Foundation
         Conservation Council
of Victoria
         Port Phillip Conservation
Council


Many of the Society’s activities during the year have been organizing
public meetings aimed at increasing our knowledge of, and sensitivity
towards the environment.
PHOTO
FLORA                                                                             

Early in the year the Society
was host to the Photo Flora Photographic Exhibition of competition
slides of flora and fauna native to Australia.

For all those that attended it provided a rare opportunity of focusing
attention, with vividness and clarity, on the beauty of our natural
environment. We are able to see so much more with the assistance of the
photographer’s eye.
LIONS CLUB
FAIR                 
                   
                   
               

A
stall was organized and maintained at the Fair in conjunction with Mr
Starkey of the Australian Plant Nursery at Springvale, and the
Beaumaris Branch of the Bird Watchers’ Guild.

The stall was stocked with plants, mostly indigenous to this area, and
books on native birds. We had a constant stream of people buying and
inquiring.
FOSSILS
NEAR KEEFER’S BOAT SHED    
                   
              
A public meeting was
held to learn the importance of the fossil beds in shallow water near
Keefer’s Boat Shed. Dr Tom Rich, Curator of Fossils at the Victorian
Science Musuem, was guest speaker.

About 100 people heard that this fossil bed was of international
significance. From the mammal specimens found here a measurement of
time was established that has become an international standard.
PORT
PHILLIP BAY MANAGEMENT STUDY    
                   
       
The Ministry for
Conservation in June invited representatives from the Society to attend
a meeting that introduced a study to develop a policy for the
management of Port Phillip Bay. The study is expected to last about 15
months.

The study is co-ordinated by Dr Jack Morris, and he will be glad to
hear from interested groups and individuals. His address is:

                                
Port Phillip Bay Coastal Management Group,
                                
250 Victoria Parade,
                                
East Melbourne.  3002.
FORESHORE
PLANTING                  
                  
 
                   
       
Most of the Banksias
that were planted 12 months ago are still surviving.

With asssistance from Sandringham City Council, the Society has started
two more foreshore planting schemes. One is the old tennis court
opposite Burgess Street, where about 150 trees were planted with the
aim of returning it to natural splendour. The species chosen were:
                             
Banksia integrifolia
                             
Casuarina stricta

                             
Acacia

                             
Eucalyptus viminalis


The other area is the Car Park at Ricketts Point. The foreshore
vegetation is slowly being eliminated by increasing numbers of motor
vehicles. Barricades of timber logs are being erected by Sandringham
City Council, and later we plan to sow new indigenous species to
replace the dead and dying trees.
SUGGESTIONS,
THANKS                  
                  
 
                   
       
The Society warmly
invites anyone that would like to learn more about or discuss
conservation topics or problems to contact the Secretary. If the topic
is of sufficient general interest, the Society may arrange a public
meeting.

I thank Office Bearers and Committee for their support in managing the
year’s activities.
K. (Kenneth)
Rendell
President,
Beaumaris Conservation Society