President’s Report December 2018

Dear Members,

Most of you would know me as the Editor of this newsletter and the Vice President of the Australian Institute of Horticulture. At the recent AGM I was voted in as the new President, a position I am extremely privileged to accept. I would like to thank Wayne for the last 4 years of holding this title and also for the tireless work he has performed within the institute, I truly believe we are in a solid position thanks to his direction.

For those who don’t know much about me, I have been a member for approx. 10 years, have served at State level holding the position of Victorian Regional Convenor, National Councillor, Vice President and now President.

Horticulture is and has been a passion of mine for some time, having found this passion as a child, I have grown to incorporate this into my adult and professional life. I’m the Director of MJC Horticulture Pty Ltd, a Melbourne based Horticultural firm that operates design, consultancy, construction, and management divisions, as well as dedicating my time to assisting with the Australian Institute of Horticulture and as a National Councillor with Therapeutic Horticulture Australia (THA).

We face a lot of challenges with organisations currently. Matters such as how to best support our members, highlighting relevance in our professional practices as well as competing for money we have in our professional and personal budgets are all areas that National Council discuss and take very seriously.

The AIH will be moving into a new era of social media, marketing and a direction that will continue to have our organisation stay at the forefront of the horticultural industry. We need to continue to stay up to date with information and research and we do this by partnering and communicating with universities around the country and attending and supporting local and international conferences including other industry organisations. We have members who sit on the boards of other organisations as industry voices and experts in their fields, we also have our members that partner up with other professionals to deliver some of the fantastic projects that received accolades at our recent awards night. Most importantly we need to continue to network and promote horticulture.

I would ask that you as our members assist us at National Council by suggesting changes that you may like to see implemented, assisting where you feel your talents may lie but more importantly be proud of being a member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture and promote our organisation to the horticultural industry and the greater public.

I hope to meet as many of our members as possible when I attend events around the country and please feel free to contact me if there is anything you wish to discuss.

Michael Casey
(M) 0411 520 796

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