MINUTES OF THE 31ST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE BEAUMARIS CONSERVATION SOCIETY HELD AT THE SMALL HALL, BLACK ROCK CIVIC HALL BLACK ROCK AT 8 P.M. ON 14TH SEPTEMBER 1983 
 
Present: Mr G. (Geoffrey) Goode, Mr K. (Kenneth) Rendell, Mrs J. (Jennifer) de Kok, Mr J. (John) Messer, Mrs B. (Barbara) Cook, Mr & Mrs W. (William) Sampson, Mr E. Robinson, Cr. L. (Laurence) Bottomley, Cr. C. (Clement) Waters, Mrs J. (Janet) Ablitt, Mr R. (Ronald) Ablitt, R. (Rodney) Bryant, R. Steinberg, A. Fisher, Mrs V. (Valerie) Tarrant and Dr S. (Stephen) Murray-Smith. 

Apologies: Miss J. (June) Stewart, Mr R. (Roy) Hardcastle, Mrs T. (Therese) Bottomley, Cr. J. (John) Merkus. 

Minutes: Resolved that the minutes from the previous meeting be confirmed. (de Kok/Bottomley) 

Treasurer's Report was accepted and is attached. (Rendell/Sampson) 

President's Report 

The President, Geoff Goode, welcomed Crs. Waters and Bottomley, Dr S. Murray-Smith and non-members. He gave a brief outline of the Gramatan Avenue Heathland Sanctuary for the visitors and advised that 80% of the rehabilitation of the Sanctuary back to heathland had now been achieved. He gave a brief outline of the history of the Donald MacDonald Reserve and advised that Council had invited us to make our comments on the Management Plan for the Reserve. 

Cr. Waters advised that our comments had been passed on to the Flora and Fauna Society and gave the President a draft Management Plan from the Flora and Fauna Society for consideration by the committee at its next meeting. The President reported that we had not done as much work on the foreshore as in previous years. However he said he was alarmed at the condition of the foreshore at the end of Reserve Road. Large machinery had been allowed into Beach Park for the purpose of removing old, dead Banksia but in the process had knocked over many new trees that had been planted the previous year. 

Cr. Bottomley advised that he had brought this matter to the attention of the Engineers Department of Sandringham Council. The President gave a brief report on our involvement with other Societies, such as the P.P.C.C., where we have two delegates, the C.C.V. where we have a delegate attending quarterly meetings and the A.C.F. It was resolved that the President's report be accepted. (Bottomley/Sampson)  

Office Bearers 

Geoffrey Goode was nominated and returned as President unopposed. (Rendell/Bottomley) 
June Stewart was nominated and returned as Vice President unopposed. (Bryant/de Kok) 
Ken Rendell was nominated and elected as the new Secretary. (de Kok/Goode) 
Margaret Goode was nominated and elected as the new Treasurer. (de Kok/Bryant) 
Jennifer de Kok was nominated and elected as a member of the committee. 

The next 'working bee' at the Gramatan Avenue Heathland Sanctuary is to be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 9, 1983. 

Mussel Farm 

The President gave a summary of the present position of the Mussel Farms e.g. number, size, possible side effects, etc. After discussion members moved that the committee take whatever action necessary to curtail mussel farming off the Sandringham coast of Port Phillip Bay. It was noted that the Society is not totally opposed to Mussel farming in Port Phillip Bay but feels it is not necessary to have the farms in prominent positions as at Beaumaris.  

Ricketts Point Teahouse 

Jennifer de Kok, on behalf of June Stewart in her absence, expressed the feeling that it was approximately 2 years since the teahouse had burnt down and as it has not as yet been replaced, was it still absolutely necessary to replace the teahouse. Cr. Bottomley advised that Council had unanimously resolved that the teahouse will be rebuilt. He also said that the community had lobbied him personally strongly urging that the teahouse be replaced. 

Foreshore Bicycle Path 

After some discussion it was agreed that the Society is in complete opposition to any bicycle path through Beach Park. It was resolved that the Committee will take any action necessary to oppose such a bicycle path. 

Guest Speaker 

Dr Stephen Murray-Smith gave an extremely interesting talk with slides on lighthouses around Australia, emphasising the necessity to keep them manned and not allow the Government to automate them. General discussion followed. 

There being no further specific business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 10.30 p.m. 

CONFIRMED AS CORRECT BY CHAIRMAN 

Geoffrey Goode                                                                                                                                   5th September 1984

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