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Dr. Robyn Taylor awarded Honorary Life Membership

At the Annual General meeting held Sunday 11th August 2019, our outgoing-Secretary Dr. Robyn Taylor joined an elite group of members awarded Honorary Life Membership. Robyn joined the TFOR in 2002 and has been Her dedication to the aims and objectives of the organisation, and her observations of the surrounds she is familiar with, especially Boyagerring Brook, have been well noted, and have contributed significantly to its conservation.
The professional knowledge that she has provided on the important historical aspects of the riverine environment has been noteworthy and has added to the knowledge base of the Avon River and its tributaries.
Robyn was Secretary from 2007-2012, President 2013-2016, then again Secretary from 2017 to present.
The photo on the Home Page shows a very surprised Robyn receiving a framed certificate of her Honorary Life Membership from outgoing President Sarah Dudley.

2019 Annual General Meeting
The AGM was held at the Community Depot, with soup proveded by Sarah Dudley and Desraé Clarke. Sarah, as outgoing President, gave particular ‘thanks’ to the outgoing Management Committee (Wayne (Treasurer), Robyn (Secretary), Jenny, Guy, Liz, Desrae, Grahame and Greg).
The new committee is Rev Peggy Ludlow (President), Dr. Robyn Taylor (Vice President), Dr. Bridget Leggett (Secretary), Wayne Clarke (Treasurer), Greg Warburton (Projects Officer & Committee), Desraé Clarke (Biddip Editor & Committee). Other committee members are Dr. Guy Boggs, Jenny White, Dr. Liz Kington (Facebook) and Bethan Lloyd (Seed Orchard Group).


Above: TNC Members at the AGM, rear (from left) Beth Frayne, Wayne Clarke, Morrie Jackson, Sarah Dudley, Bill Falconer, John White and Edna & Andrew Carr.

Seated (from left) Grahame Malone, Bethan Lloyd, Dr. Robyn Taylor, Dr. Bridget Leggett and Desrae Clarke.

Other recent news

We are developing a staged approach to rectifying the degraded area below the Pelham Brook Outlet behind the Anglican Church. A Steering Committee has been formed to monitor the projects path (no pun intended).
The Shire is hoping to develop a circular route for both walkers and wheels which will entail a more accessible section of the Bilya Walk Track in the town section. The Steering group has also met with the consultant who worked with Liz on the 2009 Concept Design for the same area, with very fruitful results. We were fortunate to be successful in our first grant application to receive $5000 which is contributing towards our community consultation and the work of our consultant. We are now in the process of setting the terms of reference for the consultant.
A second grant application from State NRM is a major task which we are bravely tackling. A particular accolade to Bridget Leggett who is driving this lengthy application when not out refuelling her sanity by walking many kilometres of bush tracks!


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Updated 11th August 2019