Community Association of Halls Gap Inc
President’s Report to the Annual General Meeting on 1st June, 2020
Janet fulfilled her promise to act as Treasurer for a year and in fact went a little longer to February at the end of the financial year. She has now handed over the post to Joy Robson who has been an enthusiastic volunteer worker for some time in the Botanic Garden. Since Joy is an accountant we know that we are in safe hands and I thank her sincerely for taking over this task.
The Botanic Garden has been kept in good shape by volunteers under Margo’s leadership and the major change during the year was the felling of a number of trees that had become dangerous to the public, including probably the largest tree in the centre of the Garden. New tables and seats have been installed in the shelter shed with the Bulgana Wind Farm grant through Ararat Shire and another grant has been obtained from Northern Grampians Shire to purchase notice boards for that shed. We shall soon apply for a major grant for more substantial works. The granite plaque celebrating the life of the botanist at Sullivan’s Seat has now been relocated to the Garden and the Historical Society has installed a new bench seat nearby.
The Wildflower Show went ahead as usual and made a profit but the numbers attending were much reduced. This has prompted questions over its future but Margo has managed to recruit more people to help organise it and a decision was made to continue with it this year.
The Grampians Walking Tracks Support Group had completed the new track to the waterfalls at Golton Gorge by mid December but the scheduled official opening had to be delayed on account of very high temperatures. The Group paid for a contractor to renew the entry road, car park and picnic area, and provided two new picnic tables for it. This made a dent in our accumulated funds but there is still plenty in reserve. A new date for the opening was set at the end of the summer but again it was postponed because of the corona virus lockdown. All of the usual autumn working bees were also cancelled for the same reason.
The Film Society still flourishes and one of this year’s showings was held at Pomonal for the first time, since Alison Bainbridge is now giving Janet much assistance in running the group.
Graham’s Landcare liaison with Project Platypus has led to a concerted effort to tackle the problem of Kunzea spreading around Halls Gap.
The Association made its promised donation of $5,000 to WAMA, at a time when its value for the recipient was doubled by another generous donor. Considerable progress has been made in developing their site over the last year.
Finally I thank all our members for their various contributions to the Association this year.