We have been given approval to reopen our garden under strict Covid-19 restrictions:
No more than 2 families in the garden at any time (maximum 10 people in total)
You must sign in and out (there is a plastic tub with the sign in book just inside the gate)
Gloves and face masks to be worn
No sharing of tools, so bring your own.
Do not attend if you have symptoms or are awaiting test results
Maintain social distancing
The garden must be within 25 km from your home.
the pavillion will remain locked; not available for members use.
How to police “No more than 2 families in the garden at any time” rule?
Let’s just apply a bit of common sense here.
It is impossible to have a roster or run a booking system, so if you get to the garden and there are people inside, please talk to them from outside the fence and enquire how long they intend to be there. There might be only 2 people in the garden but if they are from different families then you can not enter.
It may be that you have to come back at a later time. But the reality is that it is highly unlikely this will cause a problem.
Membership fees now due.
Membership Fees for 2020/2021 are now due and were payable by 1st Sept 2020.
Thanks to all our wonderful members. We would love you all to keep up your membership for our next 12 months 1st Sept 2020 to 30th August 2021.
Our membership is still only $20 per family.
Please note we do not post out an invoice to you. Please treat this as your request for payment. You do not need to complete a new membership application form.
We prefer to have all membership fees paid via direct bank transfer to:
Bendigo Bank bsb 633 000
account number: 167642008
account name: Blairgowrie Community Garden.
Make sure you add your name to the bank transfer so we know who has paid.
Annual General Meeting 2021
In September 2019 we held our first Annual General Meeting at the Pavillion. This year the pandemic and restrictions on all of us mean we are not able to conduct our AGM as planned in September. Rather than postponing our AGM this year we decided to do things a bit differently and send out our reports to our members. All 2019/2020 financial members have been emailed reports for President, Treasurer, Fundraising, and Infastructure & Maintenance. If you have any questions please contact Anne van Veen
All Committee positions were declared vacant and nominations for our Office Bearers and General Committee were called for. There was only one nomination for each position of President, Secretary and Treasurer and six nominations for General Committee. All nominees were declared elected.
Your Committee for the next 12 months of our 2020/2021 year are:
President: Anne Van Veen
Secretary: Penny Doery
Treasurer – Warwick Watson
General committee members:
Our General Committee now has an enthusiastic group of members, however if you would like to help out we are always looking for members to join our sub-committees. You do not need to be on the General Committee.
Please contact Anne if you would like to assist.
Fundraising: Tony Weir
Communication and social: Christine Barnes
Membership: Warwick Watson
Planting: Christine Seedsman
Infastructure & Maintenance: Tony Weir
Communication to Members
All our communication is via email. We do not post out anything. It is your responsibility to keep your email contact details with us up to date.
Access to our garden
All members have been supplied with the code for the padlock which allows access to the garden. Some members have had trouble opening the padlock. Some of that is caused by the previous person locking the gate; please ensure that the "Master" brand name is facing up when the lock is closed. Otherwise it will be upside down for the next person.
If you have the correct 4 digit code you will not need to force the padlock, but it does not pop open, just a gentle pull.
The access code on the padlock will be changed on 1st November 2020
and only financial members will be sent the new code.
The Committee have drawn up a simple set of Garden Rules:
Members must respect others and the garden.
All plots to be communal.
Major gardening decisions to be made by consensus of members or Committee.
Pathways to be kept clear at all times.
Tools must be cleaned and put away when not in use.
Children to be supervised.
No smoking or alcohol inside garden area.
Waste to be disposed of appropriately.
Any tool or property damaged, contact our President.
Any personal injury or incident to be reported to our President and recorded.
No dogs inside garden area.
Ensure premises are locked when leaving.
Respect environment and use non chemical means to control weeds and pests.
Settle any dispute through calm discussion and goodwill. If issue remains unsolved the committee will have final decision.
These rules will be on display in the pavillion.
All meetings start 2 pm at The Pavillion, Stringer Reserve unless otherwise informed. During the covid-19 restrictions all meetings will be via Zoom
Please note the Committee will have an agenda to work through, but we want this to be an inclusive group and all members are welcome to attend Committee Meetings. Please contact our President Anne van Veen prior to the meeting if you wish to attend. If you have an important issue to bring up at the meeting please discuss it at least one week prior to the meeting with Anne
Membership stays at $20 for a family for 2020/2021 year
Your Committee have decided that our membership year will start on 1st September each year. We want to keep our fees as low as possible; some people say it is too cheap, but it will remain at only $20 per family for the 2020/2021 year ending 31st August 2021.
You are now able to pay your membership fees by direct bank transfer.
Use of the Pavillion
Council have granted us permission to use the old pavillion on a shared basis in case another group or club wish to use the other tennis courts. Meanwhile we have the pavillion to ourselves.
It is our responsibility to keep it clean and tidy.
There is a first aid kit and sunscreen in the kitchen. During working bees and open days over summer members are reminded to use the sunscreen.
During the covid-19 lockdown the pavillion will remain locked
and is not available for use by members