President’s Report October 2021

Dear AIH council, thank you all for another great month with your continuing support and work with AIH. As we make our way to the end of the year and our upcoming AGM we can all reflect on how busy we have all been and more importantly how productive we have been as a council.

The awards have now been decided with our Secretary Matt Mitchley sending all nominees a personalised email and letter informing them of their nomination. The council have worked well together discussing the projects and achievements and have appointed all winners of each sector. The winners will now be notified with a letter from the President affirming their success. Thanks to Alan Burnell for organising the trophies and liaising with the company to ensure we get the products before the end of the year.

I would also like to announce that the Registered Horticulturist Manager’s position has now been made redundant. Current manager Wayne Van Balen was informed on the 18th October that the position would be made redundant with the council working on a new role encompassing an administration role along with a RH Managers role. This role will be advertised in the new year. I would like to on behalf of the council thank Wayne for his time in the position and his hard work in organising webinars, events and convenors around Australia.

This month I met with Arch Media to sign our organisation onto another year as the Houses magazine sponsor. I believe this will again open us up to a new audience and with some careful marketing we should be able to further capitalise on our exposure to this audience.

I have met with David Priem from TAFE NSW to  start a conversation around the future collaboration of our two organisations. David is very keen to see their TAFE’s involved more with AIH and that their students receive more exposure to our organisation. I look forward to further discussions with David and his team.

Our support of the upcoming Bush Foods Conference will start in the next week or two with a meeting to map out the involvement of AIH. I will be looking for someone from council to nominate themselves in helping with this role working alongside the council at Bush Foods and being the nominated representative of AIH.

I have also been in discussions with the council at Therapeutic Horticulture Australia to discuss their thoughts on joining us in Melbourne next year. They are very open to this concept with a suggestion that they run their conference on the Friday with their cocktail night on the Friday evening. They wanted to have their event separate to us to ensure their members could attend the AIH  event. Continuing our chat I suggested we could run our conference and awards night on the Saturday so THA members could also attend. A discussion was also had around a joint AIH/THA award that could see our award nominations taken up by members and practitioners in the TH field.

This month AIH and Interior Plantscape Association ran their first joint webinar that was well attended. This collaborative approach alongside other organisations really does work well and opens us up for greater exposure amongst other professionals in our industry.

Thanks again to you all for the last months work.

Michael Casey

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