Members of the King Parrot Creek Environment Group gathered for the 2nd annual general meeting last night in the congenial setting of the Flowerdale Hotel dining room. The meeting formalities were dispensed with economically with the meeting commencing at 6.10 p.m. and all over by 7.10 p.m. just in time for a dinner provided by our hosts Viv and Steve Phelan.
In the 23 months since foundation the KPCEG have been very active (see report on Activities page). One of the most significant happenings was the putting together of a Strategic Plan to guide us through the next couple of years.
At last night’s A.G.M., the current committee of Derek Hall (president), Steve Joblin (secretary), Claude Baxter (treasurer), Rick Wheeler (vice president) and committee members Carol Stadelmann and Paul Michael were returned with Wayne and Pam Watson added to the leadership group.
The most important outcome of the meeting was the unanimous vote by the members present to change the Group’s name to “Flowerdale Landcare“. This change reflects the desire of the group to identify with the area between Coonans Bridge and Wallaby Creek across to Yea Spur Road and the western end of Break O’Day Road which is regarded as ‘the Flowerdale Region’ of the Murrindindi Shire. This region takes in several types of land custodian, from household blocks through to hobby farms and farm businesses. The demographic includes ‘weekender’, tree changers and commuters to Melbourne suburbs for work. The area is slowly re-establishing since the catastrophic fires of 2009, with more new faces coming in. Our name change will enable us to promote ourselves and engage newcomers more effectively. The change also reflects the moving forward that is taking place in the community. There is growing sense of pride and renewal generally in Flowerdale. King Parrot Creek Environment Group is proud to have been a contributor to this growing sense of identity, and as “FLOWERDALE LANDCARE” will continue to make a difference by engaging people in the Flowerdale community with each other and the local environment.
Our President: Derek, noted in his address to the meeting that a particular challenge was to work with our young people who can feel alienated and lacking a strong sense of identity to reconnect with the land that sustains us and by doing so reconnect with a sense of self.
A formal launch of Flowerdale Landcare will take place on Sunday, 26th of October (our second birthday) at 11.00 a.m. at the Flowerdale Community House.