This year the Grand Olde’ Dumbleyung Inn was the venue chosen to hold the Annual General Meetings for both the Landcare Groups.
It was pleasing to see a good turnout of Community folk as well as members and after the meetings there was time for members to enjoy delicious snacks and refreshments, courtesy of the LCDC.
The LCDC hold an annual meeting and this membership is gazetted under the Land and Soil Conservation Act 1945. There are nine members, including Grant Lukins and Marilyn Haselby as Shire Reps. Jon Adams, the sitting Chairperson has held this position since 2006 and was happy to continue in this role. Kevin Powell has been the Honorary Treasurer for the past five years and was also happy to continue with this role.
An initiative this year was to distribute funds from the LCDC account to Landholders, particularly for fox and rabbit control and revegetation.
Allocation of funds will be distributed on a need to basis to assist farmers with the cost of 1080 baits and pindone rabbit poison.
Additional to this the LCDC will offer a 50% subsidy on seedlings up to a maximum of 10 trays per farm order.
The members also agreed to make a $100 donation to the two schools. Kukerin will use their donation to purchase reference books for the library and Dumbleyung will put the donation towards School Awards which will be presented at the end of year School Assembly.
The Zone Committee meet three times a year and have seventeen elected members representing Catchment areas, two State Government Reps and the Shire managers the project financial matters.
There being no resignations, the Committee remained as; T. Gray as the Chairperson, H. Bairstow as Deputy Chair, Shire as the Treasurer and the administration and secretarial duties are carried out by the Landcare Zone Manager.
Several reports were presented and the current Chair, Todd Gray commenced by thanking members and the public for supporting Landcare and indicated he was pleased to see a renewed interest in community support. The Shire was acknowledged and thanked for managing the project finances and supporting the employment of the Landcare Officer.
Rod Frost reported on regenerative farming as being a new initiate being heavily promoted by the Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development. Several forums specifically targeted at regenerative farming have been held with the Minister giving the opening address.
Mel Capper, Primary School Principal, informed the meeting that the School is planning towards an overnight camp at the Dryandra Village in 2019 and will be happy to work in partnership with Claudia towards this event happening. Mel also thanked the LCDC for their donation towards the end of school year book awards.
Hayden Gossage reported that he has been managing the Zone face book page for seven months and informed the meeting that face book has 218 followers and over 1000 people have viewed the page looking at events and happenings. Hayden was thanked for his efforts in keeping the page up to date and relevant.
Cr. Julie Ramm reported on behalf of the Council reminding rate payers to utilise the Landcare service to full capacity. After some discussion, it was resolved that a survey be sent to farmers asking how they wish to utilise the Landcare service and propose activities which will increase awareness and participation across the Shire. As Shire budgets become under closer scrutiny it is important to maintain a level of service that Farmers are happy to support.
John Paul Collins as the DPIRD Rep, gave a comprehensive report on the current situation with the DPIRD Office and Research Station in Katanning. There are 16 staff in Town and 7 at the Research Station. Funding of $900,000 has been granted to build a feed in-take shed to measure feed conversion efficiency with sheep at the Research Station. Funding has also been secured to focus on the Station becoming a “data-farm”.
In conclusion, the Chairperson indicated that it had been a good year, with good community support and thanked everyone for being involved.
If any community member wishes to receive a copy of the Zone AGM minutes please contact Claudia at the Landcare Office.