Date: Tuesday 3rd December 2002
Location: Home of Eleanor Stephenson
Present: Robert Brierley (President), John Tetley, Eleanor Stephenson, Jim Breen, Sue Cott - Minute Secretary
Apologies John Cott, Bob Strickland, Barrie Gallacher
Rob welcomed members and attendees.
Robert had received a letter dated 27th November 2002 from Melbourne Water indicating Stage 2 of the willow removal program would soon commence. Rob had sought further information from Paul Doherty (Melbourne Water) and was told that further clearing would not occur until a public meeting had been held as he had received 25 complaints from residents along Back Creek. Paul had met with Boroondara Council and Rob will contact both bodies to ascertain developments.
BUSINESS OF THE MEETING
Of the 400 plants received from Council only 50 were planted at the working bee on 17th November due to the hot weather conditions. After subsequent rain, a further 200 were planted on Sunday evening. The remaining plants were to be planted at the next working bee on 15th December at the Riversdale Road end of the creek. It was noted that Melbourne Water had planted approx. 1000 plants on the steep bank adjacent to Quinton Road.
Rob reported that he had emailed Council with the concerns expressed at the last meeting. The Council had agreed to move the pathway one meter away from the house boundary fencing to allow for planting. Council will also lower the boardwalk by ? meter to allow increased privacy for residents. Steel pylons will support the handrail which will still be angled slightly outward. Janyce (Boroondara Council) is to forward updated drawings of the pathway to Rob.
See Item 2.1 Correspondence above.
Nil to report.
Nil to report.
The following items of new business were discussed:
Herbicide needs to be sprayed and it was suggested that this could be done at the next working bee.
Elanour reported that the bamboo was again sprouting and also much weeding was required especially at the Cornell Street end. Elanour is regularly attending the Wednesday Weeding Group. The Committee expressed the thanks of FOBC to Elanour and her compatriots for these efforts.
The Grant application to Melbourne Water will be completed and submitted by Rob this week. It was envisaged applying for approx. $4000 or $5000 for plants, hole diggers, tree guards and stakes for the more established trees that were to be planted with additional funding for mulching, soil preparation and weed spraying.
Scheduled for Tuesday 4th February at the home of Rob Brierley.
Rob Brierly to ascertain date of the public meeting.
Rob to develop newsletter encouraging residents to attend. This newsletter would:
Include an updated boardwalk design
Make reference to Melbourne Water's letter and include a drawing indicating which trees are listed for removal
List all the achievements of FOBC over the past 2 years.
Rob to follow up new drawings with Council.