President’s Report

It has been an unusual quarter. I got the last issue out just before I left for a visit to Europe, leaving Wendy to look after the various activities we had planned and got home just in time to work with the committee on our response to the proposed Grampians Peaks Trail. (see my article on the trail, and the response we sent).

Wendy and Noushke put in an application for ‘Communities for Nature’ grant for a fence around the Caladenia audasii site. We are yet to hear the outcome.

January’s severe fire has an ongoing  impact on several of our activities, as well of course on what the Park staff have to do. They are struggling with an enormous workload and very little money to help with all the recovery work. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and capable group here. Our volunteer co-ordinator Katherine Dyson has resigned and is heading back to Melbourne. We will miss her; she has been such an asset. But it is good to learn that she will be replaced. Funding from Conservation volunteers, PV and others has been found. Unfortunately this funding is once again for a limited period, so the person appointed will again be on a contract, with little certainty year to year. He is Jonathan Lee   0409 425 058 

We have run out of membership brochures and have decided to revise our existing one and do a reprint. Our membership is not growing much and if we are to survive into the future it is now that we need to do some active recruiting of the next generation. Something to think about at our AGM.

This quarter again we are having difficulty arranging dates for some of our activities. We were hoping to have a July school holiday presentation on the small mammal trapping programme, but didn’t manage to find a suitable date. The Fungi explore which last year had to be cancelled  was rescheduled by the landcare group with little notice, so our apologies for the late notice we sent out by email and snailmail just to locals. Also, we have had to change our arrangement whereby most meetings were on the second Saturday of the month, due to unavailability of key people. Sorry, we know it makes it harder to plan ahead. So do please make sure you contact the person listed if you are planning to come to an event.