Annual General Meeting and Board Appointments

Emilie FlynnReports

On November 16, Geelong Sustainability held our Annual General Meeting at The Grovedale Hotel. Thank you to all of our supporters and members who were able to attend. In particular we’d like to thank The Hon. Libby Coker MP for her closing remarks and The Hon. Christine Couzens MP for attending, as well as representatives from Barwon Water and Sustainability Victoria.

The evening was well attended and, as always, it was an absolute privilege to welcome our enthusiastic and passionate members and supporters to the event. The last two years’ AGMs were held online, so it was exciting to be able to speak about our 2022 achievements in person. Thanks to everyone who was involved in our biggest year so far. You can read more about these in our 2022 Annual Report.

Thank you to outgoing board members

Geelong Sustainability would not be where it is today without the tireless efforts of our enthusiastic volunteers and outgoing board members Vicki Perrett, Tim Adams, Jonathan Wright and Scott Barnes.

Vicki joined the Geelong Sustainability Committee in 2010, developing the first Strategic Plan, and going on to coordinate the first Green Your Home classes and edit our first Sustainability Directory soon after. In the years that followed, Vicki served as both Treasurer and President of the group.

During her time as President, Vicki established such projects as Sustainable House Day, Green Drinks, War on Waste, Cycling Without Age, and the Circular Living Challenge – to name just a few. Under Vicki’s leadership, Geelong Sustainability established GreenLight, the group’s social enterprise, and undertook groundbreaking renewable energy projects with the support of government grants. Vicki has built the group’s professional network extensively, including the G21 professional network and our relationship with the City of Greater Geelong.

Vicki has accepted workshop and speaking engagements, authored numerous detailed submissions and grant applications, sent letters to politicians and the local press. She has responded to wide ranging requests from members, schools and the public for information and advice on sustainable living and energy efficiency. In addition, Vicki has established an advisory and advocacy role across a broad range of climate action campaigns over many years. She personally won a Rotary Volunteer of the Year award in 2019 for her continuing passion and commitment to volunteering, which she sees as being at the heart of our community. She has also been a major factor in GS receiving many awards.

Thank you, Vicki, for your hard work and dedication to Geelong Sustainability. The group truly would not be where it is without your passion and commitment. Vicki was awarded a life membership in recognition of her extraordinary contribution towards Geelong Sustainability over 10 years. 

Tim Adams has also been a long-standing committee member, initially elected in 2016. Tim has brought incredibly valuable building design and energy efficiency expertise to the organisation. He has been a valuable Community Owned Renewable Energy (CORE) team member over many years.

Tim has represented GS at a wide range of public seminars, on radio shows and at industry conferences. He is always ready to discuss sustainable housing and provide energy efficiency advice to the community.

Tim’s Climate Safe Rooms concept has been recognised as unique by the government and Geelong Sustainability was awarded the funding necessary to turn the concept into reality.  Thank you Tim, for your generosity in sharing your professional experience with us all.

Jonathan Wright has been our Webmaster since 2017. A quiet achiever, Jonathan is always patient, supportive and ready to assist with IT issues, train volunteers and troubleshoot whenever problems arise. Jonathan published our Sustainability Directory online, totally redeveloped the GS website, assisted with marketing initiatives and supported new projects and functions with his innovative ideas.

Jonathan has represented Geelong Sustainability at CleanTech Geelong since 2018 and has been a member of the Community Owned Renewable Energy (CORE) group since its inception. Thank you, Jonathan, for your time on the Committee and as Webmaster.

Scott Barnes has been a valued volunteer with Geelong Sustainability for many years and has supported many of our energy project initiatives and helped at numerous events. Scott joined the committee partway through 2022 and has contributed greatly to the 100% Electric Vehicle Initiative, Climate Safe Rooms.

Thank to all our outgoing Board members for their commitment to the group over a cumulative period of 25 years. 

2023 Board Members

Each year at the AGM Geelong Sustainability members elect a new committee to guide the organisation through the coming year. Due the rapid growth throughout 2022 Geelong Sustainability has gone through a transition from a Committee to a Board of Management. The Board is responsible for setting the organisations strategy, governance, risk management and managing the CEO.

We were thrilled to have very strong nominations for the Board this year, our 2023 board members bring a diverse mix of professional skills each with extensive expertise in governance, strategy, risk management and subject matter expertise.

We warmly welcome our new Board members and reintroduce our continuing Board members, as elected at the AGM.

  • David Spear – President
  • Merilyn Harris – Secretary
  • Sara van der Meer – Treasurer
  • Vivienne Burke – General Board Member
  • Neil Plumber – General Board Member
  • Emma Connan – General Board Member
  • Fred Ritman – General Board Member

Thank you to our 2023 Board members for taking on the leadership of Geelong Sustainability. We are excited about what the future holds, and can’t wait to see what 2023 looks like. Thank you all members and special guests who attended the Annual General Meeting.