FRIENDS OF BACK
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
– 12TH MAY 2009
The 9th Annual
General Meeting of the Friends of Back Creek was held on Tuesday 12th
May 2009 at 8.00 pm at the home of Robert Brierley, President.
| Robert Brierley -
|Bob Strickland - Treasurer|
The meeting was declared
were received from: Jim Breen, Chris Walta, Bob Stensholt, Heinz Kreutz
The President delivered
a comprehensive report of activities conducted by the group during 2008
(copy attached) the main points of which were:
- Membership has declined slightly;
- Donations have increased although
the number of donors has decreased;
- Support for FOBC remains strong
and the organisation is in a strong financial position;
- During the year FOBC published
3 newsletters distributed to over 500 households locally;
- 13 working bees were held
involving over 500 participating volunteers;\
- Melbourne Water expressed
some concerns during the year as to the safety of volunteers engaged
in FOBC activities. As a consequence FOBC prepared a Job Safety
Analysis encompassing all the work activities which satisfied both Council
and Melbourne Water.
- Melbourne Water has obtained
capital funding to proceed with major willow removal along the creek.
This work has commenced and is expected to take 4 years to complete;
- Planting along the creek has
continued over the year but with the drought making conditions difficult
and reduced the planting season; and
- FOBC’s subsidiary group
operating south of Toorak Road in Glen Iris has made significant progress
in rehabilitating their section of the creek.
- Work of the group is scheduled
to continue into 2009 with emphasis on the following activities:
- Planting the Riversdale Road
end of the creek together with the west embankment near the Cornell
- Complete planting along the
area south of Quinton Road;
- Follow up planting after the
completion of Melbourne Water’s various staged works; and
- Participate with and supervise
school groups and scouts planting activities within the creek.
3. CONFIRMATION OF
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
4. MATTERS ARISING
FROM THE MINUTES
matters were considered.
5. TREASURER’S REPORT
The Treasure reported
a small surplus for the year of $172 after allowing a provision for
future planting costs. An audited copy of the Treasurer’s report is
attached. The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as a true reflection
of the FOBC’s financial position.
6. ELECTION OF OFFICE
There being no additional
nominations and no resignations, the committee for 2008 was re-elected
to officiate for 2009.
- A pamphlet was received from
Boroondara Council outlining a plan to remove five non-indigenous trees
from the reserve south of Cornell Street in accordance with Council’s
ongoing program of revegetation. It was requested that this notice
be displayed in FOBC’s notice board for the information of Back Creek
- Advice had been received from
Council as to the availability of funds through the Community Development
Fund program. In this context the Committee canvassed numerous
ideas and agreed that a proposal be submitted for the establishment
of suitable bird nesting boxes in the creek area to compensate for habitat
lost through the Melbourne Water willow removal project outlined above.
It was noted that applications closed on 19th June and Robert
Brierley agreed to construct a proposal for submission.
There being no further
business, the meeting closed at 9.30 pm.
CONFIRMED AS AN ACCURATE RECORD