ARS Victoria Newsletter – December 2020

  • Date: 10th December 2020
  • author: John O'Hara


COVID restrictions have prevented the society from organising events in 2020, and we were only able to restart our activities at Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden in mid-November.

Our AGM on 14 November was a ‘virtual’ meeting and attendance was actually higher than for physical AGMs, so this may be a format we use for future meetings. I’m pleased to report that the society is in a healthy financial position, and we have two new committee members: Emma Moysey and Ray Weeks. On behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank them for nominating and we look forward to working with them over the coming year. Also a warm welcome to members who have joined since July 2019: Ian Chalk, Andrew Duncan, Julian Hill, Geoff Lomas, Richard Rigby and Kevin Flintoff, Susan Thompson, Damien Ward, Andrew Watson, Craig Wilson and Anthony Frost.

The lockdowns forced us to postpone our planned winter replacement of the main shade house at DRBG until autumn 2021. However, at the start of 2020 DRBG was successful in winning a state government grant for the North Queensland conservation garden which matched and added to funding provided by a very generous bequest from Simon Begg’s family and the Ian Potter Foundation...

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