Presidents Report T.odgers For AGM 25 Sept 2018 Presidents Report – 20 Sept 2018 1718 FY has been about consolidation and refinement and I’m pleased to see how well the organisation is functioning and how our systems and processes are improving with each year. The rebranding and new logo is being well received and our presence in the community is growing.
Nursery As Marnee mentioned, it’s very pleasing to see the nursery is self-funding and an income generator, its an important community facility and a key way in which we interact with the public. We are blessed with wonderful collective of volunteers and staff and visiting the nursery is always a pleasant experience. The new polytunnel is a great addition to our propagation process and looks the part and is working well.
One key issue we had this year was the irrigation bore pump failure, it was great to see everyone step in to action with minimal plant loss. What this did teach us was the vulnerability of the plants and the nursery and that it would take only a day or so of no water to wipe out the entire 21,000 plants plus our germinating stock. This would be catastrophic as it would cut the income that covers the cost of the operation and cost the organisation significant tens of thousands of dollars in wages. In response, we now have a new and a spare bore pump and are looking into the upgrade of the irrigation system this financial year.
Biocontrol facility As Marnee mentioned, thanks to the support from grants, this program is self-funding and all sales are profit. This gives us the opportunity to work on building a client base and also to learn about how to grow bugs, which is a challenging operation in itself!
A few challenges we need to work on are the boom and bust cycle of insects, keeping up enough food plants, temperature control and volume of sales.
Workshops and getting out and about MRL has been active in our community running a series of workshops, maintenance days, a catchment crawl and regular displays at festivals and markets. Of particular note was our catchment crawl where and the got into a lot of places you don’t usually get to see including the Holcim Quarry, High Tor, the Ewen Maddock WTP and the Gubbigubbi Dyungagoo land.
Weed control MRL has been active in strategic weed control of Madeira Vine and Cats Claw in the headwaters of the river and has expanded from one to three sites with Tanya successfully applying for both local and state government grants. The issue of ongoing funding for these works is a big one as it takes a persistent effort to control these persistent plants.Presidents
Accounting I’m especially pleased to see the positive comments from the auditor in the group annual financial audit, finally! While there was some debate on whether to retain this auditor this year due to their higher cost, I did feel it important to retain the same auditor until we had the legacy issues with our accounting resolved. This meant we were measuring our improving performance with the same measure each year. I’d like to say a special thanks to Marnee who puts in a huge effort as our treasurer, it’s a large and ongoing task and you’ve done an amazing job to bring us forward to this point.
Partnering One thing I feel is a key measure of what we do is who we work with and I’m really happy to see our relationship with our neighbouring landcare groups growing with regular interaction with Barung, Lake Baroon and Maroochy. There’s also been a fair bit of support from the Mens shed, vital core funding assistance from Sunshine Coast Council and lots of assistance, as always, from our wonderful landlords - Holcim.
GubbiGubbi Dyunagoo MRL provided advice and delivery support to GubbiGubbi Dyunagoo with the expenditure of a grant for works on their property at Diamond Valley. This was quite involved as severe damage had occurred to the access track and we had to vary the grant to improve access. As a result, the group now have safe access through the property and have had a significant amount of weed control and revegetation.
FY 1819 We are continuing to improve in every aspect and a few key actions for next year are renewing our constitution, reviewing our strategic plan, a revamp of the Waterwatch program, focussing on the committee and volunteers to seek more people to assist with the large amount of ongoing administrative and organising tasks. We will also look at how the group operates and look to do things more efficiently and safely including merchant facilities and a realignment of nursery benches (when the new ones arrive).
Closing In closing, I want to thank all of our staff and volunteers for their contribution to this organisation, a thank you to all who volunteer to contribute to the Management Committee and sit through what can be long meetings. I’d also like to say a special thank you to Melina who is our wonder-secretary and continues to do a huge amount of organising and running of events. Tim Odgers 25 September 2018