Forty Geelong Sustainability members and sixty people in total attended the 2018 Annual General Meeting at the Waurn Ponds Hotel on November 15. In her welcome President, Vicki Perrett, commented that the strong turnout demonstrated the interest, commitment and support for the group’s work. She stated that in 2018 Geelong Sustainability had fulfilled its mission to inform, inspire and connect people to live more sustainably. This year the focus had been on the Zero Carbon and Zero Waste principles from the One Planet Living framework. Vicki reflected on the organisation’s amazing watershed year in which it had expanded its range of activities, won new government grants and delivered several fantastic projects.
She outlined the standout achievements:
- Community Energy - CORE Geelong One P/L, Geelong Community Solar Program, Climate Safe Rooms project plus new services such as Home Energy Efficiency Scorecard Assessments
- War on Waste - Pako Festa, the National Celtic Festival and Plastic Free July plus lots of advocacy work and networking
- Events - Sustainable House Day, Green Drinks, Life Learning classes, Clever Living seminars, and the Mountain~Mouth extreme arts walk
- Collaborations - establishing Cycling Without Age at MACS with Cycling Geelong
Vicki noted that Geelong Sustainability is a people powered organisation whose success is built upon the significant contributions of our committed and passionate volunteers. In concluding her President’s report, she reminded everyone of the dire warning in the recent United Nations IPPC report and she encouraged people to get involved and make a difference!
Treasurer, Sara van der Meer presented the financial statements and reported that the organisation had experienced exponential growth with revenue increasing 75% from $84,000 to $148,000. This growth was largely due to state government grants both our own and for auspiced parties. Our equity has increased by 94% from $35,000 to $66,000. In addition, our accounts have been migrated to Quickbooks, our account codes aligned to Australian Charity Chart of Accounts and we are now registered for GST.
The election results for the 2019 committee were: President: Vicki Perrett; Secretary: Vivienne Burke; Treasurer: Sara van der Meer and General members: Tim Adams, Phyllis Cummings, Noreen Nicholson, Fred Ritman, Jennifer Wressell and Jonathan Wright.
Our guest speakers, Daniel Brook & Natasia Chapman from Mondo Power an offshoot of Ausnet Services gave an engaging address about ‘Achieving 100% Renewable Energy with Community Energy Hubs’. After the formal meeting many people chose to join the new committee for dinner.