President’s Report January 2022

Dear Council and Members,

I hope you all had a restful Christmas period and had the opportunity to catch up with family and friends. I would like to welcome Coralie to the council and as we mentioned at the AGM please feel to reach out to any of the national council members for assistance in navigating our agenda and meetings. I would also like to officially welcome Sam Hawthorne who has now started with AIH as of last week as our Events Coordinator and has been preparing works alongside myself, Andrew and Alan.

As I welcome you all back for another big year of AIH events I don’t welcome the return of uncertainty and possible disruption that this current pandemic continues to deliver. Having said that I feel that even though we have a busy year ahead I’m sure we will be kept even busier as we swap dates and make changes to our busy schedule of events.

AIH closed the 2021 year with several successful networking events held in most states to celebrate a great year and to welcome in the Christmas period. I thank the regional convenors and the AIH national council for their assistance with these events. All the feedback I received was very positive.

Over the last two weeks the council have been working on the postponement of the Sunshine Coast event, the national convenors meeting and the national council meetings. The Sunshine Coast event is now locked in for  3rd June. I want to thank Alan Burnell for his time organising this and for his work with Nina from Flight Centre. Nina’s work has been fantastic and very professional and I thank her for her commitment to our changing needs.

Andrew Prowse is also in the process of contacting the events team at Merivale to organise a more suitable date later in the year to ensure we do not incur any losses from an event that we feel people may not attend during this current unstable time.

The Queensland Bush Foods Conference is continuing and late last year myself and their team met to continue finalising the event and dates. We are running with a national approach and have dropped the Queensland title now opting for Australian Bush Foods Conference 2022 (inc. 8th Queensland Bushfoods Conference). The theme will be Design and Development of Urban Landscapes for Bush Food  Production and held on the 19th – 22nd May 2022. The location of the event will be 4808 – 4822 Mt Lindesay North Maclean 4280.

Sub themes:

  1. Design of urban landscapes for bush food production
    -Design (Parks garden rooftops etc)
    -Plant selection
  2. Development and management of Bush foods in the urban environment
  3. Application and use of bush foods; Including traditional uses and management
  4. The culinary uses of bush foods

Again a big welcome back to you all and as always I thoroughly enjoy working with you all. Let’s get a big start on this year and as always lets ensure we enjoy the work we do. We have a great group of national councillors and what’s recently come to light, a brand new group of members that wish to be involved in a bigger way than they have previously. What a year we have in front of us.

Regards,

Michael Casey

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