CHAIRMANS REPORT AGM 2012

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to thank the many members, volunteers and staff who contributed to projects and events over the past year.  Despite being a small crew and some changes on the committee we managed to pull off some fabulously successful events.  Thanks to Anneke particularly for orchestrating Sustainable House Day and for Tanya going  way beyond her micro salary to run Good Life Festival and other events.  Too many names to mention but a heartfelt thanks.

COMMITTEE

We lost some key members of committee this last year.  Ostii, Tanya, Sally, David and Anneke at the beginning of the year were outgoing.  Despite that all made themselves available to work on projects.  We were sad to lose John van Rooden as Chair half way through the year.  The role is being temporarily filled by Laurel.  Meaghan took up work elsewhere, and although we rarely saw Lauren at a meeting she gave great support from behind the scenes.  Koos was our financial rock.  Hanne reinventing the sustainable schools system.

TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGES

MEMBERSHIP UPKEEP, WEB AND COMMUNICATION

This was our toughest year and we failed pretty miserably in this domain.  We simply did not have the people power to do the work.  This is in the throes of being recitified with our silent volunteer Tony who is taken up the challenge of webmaster.  He is also working with Tanya to update the membership database and news blog lists.

PROJECTS and EVENTS – PAST AND PRESENT

Despite our low numbers we still managed to pull off some terrific projects.  Here a some:

NICOLE FOSS – A COMPASS FOR TURBULENT TIMES

We hosted Nicole in Daylesford for a fascinating evening while on her Australian tour.  She advised us that after a decades-long credit expansion based on a credit bubble grounded in “Ponzi dynamics,” is ending.  It was a sobering reminder that we need to live within our environmental and economic means.

REFITNSAVE

Main projects this year were the Refitnsave Project in which Tanya was an absolute star.  In a small paid role she orchestrated a huge amount of  information and contact with the community, suppliers and other regions on this retrofitting project.  The final report is available and if you would like a copy please contact office@share.asn.au

GOOD LIFE FESTIVAL – SELF SUFFICIENCY EXPO

This was a hugely sucessful weekend festival we ran in June with tours, demonstrations, talks and activities.

SUSTAINABLE HOUSE DAY

Four houses and hundreds of people exposed to some of the most energy efficient houses in our Shire.

COUNCIL ENERGY AUDIT

SHARE was successful in winning a bid to conduct Energy Audits for Hepburn Shire.  This was well received.  It was great to see the expertise that members have developed in action at work.

HANDS ON SUSTAINABILITY LEADERS

This is a small project funded by Hepburn Shire developing the sustainable leadership skills of staff and volunteers of SHARE which will continue into 2013

EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

We were successful in gaining funding for this project from Hepburn Wind Community Fund.  The project which is developing curriculum for secondary schools focuses on renewable energy.  The team are working with three local primary schools and the trial will commence second term 2013.

BILUM WORKSHOP

Still to come this year is how to make a traditional PNG dilly bag or bilum with traditional artist.  To book call 5309 2664 or email office@share.asn.au

NEXT YEARS PROJECTS

This will include the continuation of Education for Sustainable Development, Sustainable House Day, The Good Life Festival, Hands on Sustainability Leadership

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

Why are we here? Where are we going?  What are we doing?
SHARE originated for the purpose of starting Hepburn Wind renewable energy project.  We have been involved in numerous projects with renewable energy being a focus.  However we want to review our direction and find out what the priorities are for our current membership.

There are many opportunities to be involved in living and working sustainably through SHARE.  We welcome your contact and input and wish you a safe, sustainable transition to the coming year.

Warm regards
Laurel Freeland
Acting CHAIRMAN

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