President’s Report September 2021

Dear AIH members,

A lot has been happening in the world of late and the interruption to our lives and livelihoods has been in a lot of cases very difficult to deal with. As we appear to be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, I thought it was timely to keep you up to date on what the council have been working hard on over the last month and more importantly what they are planning as the year comes to a completion.

Our council have been working extremely hard on our current constitution and bringing it into line with how the organisation now operates. I would like to personally acknowledge and highlight the hard work carried out by all members of the council and especially our councillor Jackie Warburton. The work in editing, reviewing, and discussing this new version amongst the council, past senior councillors and the relevant government departments has ensured we will move forward with a new constitution that reflects current day standards and is in line with the pathways AIH is moving.

Our recent support for Therapeutic Horticulture Australia’s (THA) conference has provided us with great exposure. I addressed the delegates on the morning of the conference where I spoke of our commitment to horticulture and our years of working alongside THA. Our exposure through their marketing campaign and on the day of the conference was fantastic and I will be thanking them on behalf of the council. We should see some memberships and further exposure come about from this day.

AIH were also very proud to this year sponsor the Landscape and Garden Award for Houses Magazine. We were provided with great exposure throughout the industry and have benefitted greatly from this. AIH has just recently thrown our support behind the 2022 Awards and have signed up again with Houses Magazine.

Early next year the Bush foods conference hosted by Australian Technology and Agricultural College will be located in Queensland and AIH will be thrilled to support this event.

The sponsoring of events for other organisations displays how our organisation is committed to promoting horticulture in and around our networks.

I also wish to welcome our newest Corporate member, Edible Garden City – Singapore,  who have been communicating a lot with myself and our Registered Horticulturist manager.

Registered Horticulturist manager Wayne Van Balen and I recently presented an hour long online session with their senior staff highlighting the benefits of being a member of AIH and what our organisation can do to promote and elevate their careers in horticulture.

While on Singapore myself and John Tan continue to discuss possibilities with promoting AIH into the Singapore landscape and Horticulture industry with our ongoing discussions with NParks and LIAS. We thank him for his work in Singapore and look forward to seeing him and our Singapore colleagues soon.

Thanks again to every council member for the works carried out over the last few months. In trying times, we have still been able to ensure we get things done for the institute to make it a better organisation for the profession and our members.

Michael Casey

Leave a Reply