President’s Report February – March 2019

Dear councillors and members,

 

the start of the year is bringing together some fantastic work done by our National Council. We started back in early January and have been busy at getting ideas and projects underway to ensure that 2019 is a successful year for the institute.

 

I would like to acknowledge our friend, colleague and mentor Kim Morris FAIH who sadly passed away at the start of the year. As I have mentioned in previous communications. Kim was a very important part of AIH and mentored many of us, including myself as I am extremely grateful for his assistance and commitment with assisting me reaching this position within the institute.

 

Over the last 2 months, I have received notifications from Web and Membership Manager David Thompson about the many new members who have joined us. I welcome them and hope they start to benefit professionally from being a part of our institute.

 

We have implemented 2 new paid positions at AIH:

1. Communications Manager Tempe Macgowan and

2. Wayne Van Balen Registered Horticulturist Coordinator.

 

These positions are all important roles within the institute and they will assist the National Council with delivering the many new changes we wish to implement over the next few months. On behalf of the National Council, I welcome them and we will be hearing more from them in the future.

 

Our workshops and networking events have started for the year and you may all see some changes over the next few months in how we deliver these events. Wayne and the National Council will be working hard at structuring events to ensure maximum participation and delivery of information. Our new ‘Walk and Talk’ events are gathering momentum with 2 completed this year on the mid and north coasts of NSW. Our regional convenors have recorded great numbers and the feedback has been positive.

 

Our new newsletter and monthly articles have started rolling out and will be a monthly feature for our members. I welcome any stories from members about any projects or events they are involved in and would like to share with our organisation.

 

This coming April, Singapore will host their first biennial Horticultural Festival. Our Singapore Regional Convenor, John Tan, has organised for some of us to attend the event and present workshops at this festival. This will be another way we continue to strengthen our association with Singapore and their garden and horticultural events.

 

Our conference planning is well and truly underway with the location booked and the theme and topics being finalised. Very soon our call for papers will go out and planning will continue to organise a program. I thank Neville for his work to date and encourage anyone who can assist the conference committee to get in contact with us to ensure we can pass on your details to Neville.

 

The award nominations are almost ready to be sent out in March and we expect to see some fantastic projects and people nominated for the various awards being offered. The Greenspace Awards are becoming very popular amongst developers and councils who are all keen to display their green spaces in the new developments popping up around the country.

 

Start thinking about some projects or people you know about who would be worthy of being nominated for one of the many awards.

 

To finish I would like to also remind you all about the many garden festivals that will be appearing over the next few months. Keep an eye out on the AIH calendar to ensure you don’t miss the next event in your state.

 

Look forward to chatting with you all and attending the many events on throughout Autumn.

 

Regards,

Michael Casey

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