2020.08.Presidents Report

I hope that this newsletter finds everyone in good health if somewhat restricted in their movements. Whilst the restrictions are preventing a return to our pre virus lifestyle, we must all follow the rules for the better good of everyone. Our meeting was conducted by video on Tuesday 11th and the following issues discussed.

Defibrillator Donation

Thanks to the generosity of the Formichi family at the Farmers Market, their donation of a defibrillator for the cottage came as a great but welcomed surprise. The defibrillator will be located in the cottage and be available for use by visitors to the cottage, patrons at the farmers market and participants to activities around the Gateway precinct. Whilst use of the machine is well explained with the machine display, training for all volunteers and interested people will be provided once we are able to hold such gatherings and cross the border. Thanks to this generous donation we are halfway to achieving our goal. Col Story has advised that we will have access to a defibrillator located at the show ground for workshop use if needed.

Shed Extension

After excitement about the probability of being able to extend our workshop, Ranbuilt provided a revised quote which included site works such as retaining walls and backfill. This new costing of $32000 put the proposal out of reach at this stage. Further discussions will be held by the building committee to examine alternate proposals.

Joining Fees, Annual Membership Fees and Workshop Fees

The above fees were discussed and recommendations suggested for the AGM meeting. Many issues were considered such as electricity costs, insurances and restricted access due to the covid virus. The final recommendations will be made available at the next AGM. Application has been made to allow us to delay our AGM until gatherings are permitted.

Grants Application Writing

Several of the committee members are volunteering to join MP Helen Haines workshops on submission writing in the hope to improve our chances of grants in future. This may be a silver lining to our storm clouds.

I would also like to conclude by thanking all committee members for their continuing efforts during these troubling times. Please keep safe and healthy, I look forward to a time in the future where we can all meet and celebrate our future.
Kind Regards President Peter