- • Good organisational skills
- • Has some financial expertise
- • Ability to maintain accurate records
- • Honest/trustworthy
- • Good communication skills
- The following legal duties apply to all members of an Incorporated Association Board
• the duty to act in good faith in the best interests of the organisation and for a proper purpose
• the duty to act with reasonable care, skill and diligence (including the duty to prevent insolvent trading)
• the duty not to improperly use information or position, and
• the duty to disclose and manage conflicts of interest.
- Upholding and acting in the spirit and intent of the YCG Code of Conduct
• Provide advice to the committee in their management of the organisation finances
• Administer all financial affairs of the organisation
• Lead the annual budget process and ensure an appropriate annual budget is provided to the committee for approval
• Ensure development and committee review of financial systems, policies and procedures
• Support any required auditing processes
• Ensure all controls are in place for incoming and outgoing monies
• Ensure accurate records are maintained of all income and expenditure
• Ensure that all receipts and payments concur with bank deposits and withdrawals
• Be a signatory on committee account
Colleen, YCG President, was inspired after researching intensive orchards in small areas, as practiced in Europe and the US, to try this in our gardens. We submitted a grant application to celebrate the Sunshine Coast’s 40th Birthday celebrations, in May 2017, and the Sunshine Coast Council approved $700 to cover the costs of trees, netting and the construction of an espalier.
This is an example of espalier method with a fruit tree in Europe…
We wanted to demonstrate that growing a variety of fruit trees is possible even in an average back yard by planting them very close together and that espaliers usually associated with apples and pears can be applied to sub-tropical fruit trees such as custard apples and mangos.
The design for the intensive orchard followed the recommendations set out by the Dave Wilson Nursery in California (https://www.davewilson.com/home-gardens/backyard-orchard-culture).
Renate, a regular volunteer, researched fruit tree varieties that are suitable for our climate (low-chill) and can be grouped close together. We planted three groups of trees (apples & plums, stone fruit, and sub-tropicals) which will be kept pruned to “head-height” for ease of harvest and to encourage air flow.
Trees were sourced locally from Oasis Fruit Trees, Sunray Nursery, Coles Creek. They included a Sun Snow and Sundowner Nectarine, China Flat and Tropic Beauty Peach, Anna and Dorset Apple, Early Blood Plum, Fuyu Persimmon, Carambola, Bengal Lychee, Longan, and Feijoa. The Nam Doc Mai Mango and African Pride Custard Apple were planted against the post and wire fence.
Some of our Volunteers with our first harvest in November 2019
Funds were approved late June 2017 after volunteers had already dismantled and removed the old besser-block raised garden beds. We then planted a cover crop in preparation for the fruit trees that were planted during Spring/Summer 2017. West Indian Lemon Grass surrounds the beds.
Renate oversaw tip pruning of the trees and in October 2019 we were able to cover the peaches and nectarines with wildlife-friendly netting to enjoy a prolific and delicious harvest during November.
Nets are now off and when the rain returns trees will be well-pruned (back to head height) and well fertilised with worm juice, compost, and a bit of potassium ready for next year’s crop.
People have grown vegetables for thousands of years, but how did they do so before the age of irrigation on tap and mulch/manure by the truck load? More recently the process has become even more input intensive with the proliferation of greenhouses, hydroponics, sprays and plastic everywhere.
Cultivation systems exist on a spectrum from intensive (that use many inputs sourced from far away) through to extensive (that use less inputs but rely on more time and space). This workshop explores the rediscovery of these zero input systems for growing autumn vegetables in the sunshine coast hinterland environment that rely on natural rainfall, on farm fertility inputs, hand tools and extensive crop trialing and breeding to find plants suitable for zero input agriculture.
About the Presenter:
I am a lifelong plant nerd that has grown just about everything I could get my hands on from a very young age. As a child I took over my mother’s flower garden just as drought and water restrictions became a fact of life. I decided to stop all irrigation and only grow species that thrived on natural rainfall. That work was featured on Gardening Australia.
After a career as an academic and science teacher I retired early to a slice of ex-dairy farm in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with a new focus on sustainable agricultural systems. Here I am working steadily to trial, select and breed new plants with a particular focus on hardy staple crops that can supply essential calories. I am also working on integrating food producing trees with my beloved geese and goats.
Join Robyn from the Giving Plastic The Flick group for a hands-on workshop making your own wax wraps.
These workshops are a great place to meet new friends and discover just how easy it is to make re-usable wax wraps in your own home. You will learn about various methods, what materials you need and where to source products.
We aim to make 4-5 wraps of varying sizes on the day.
Please bring Pieces of fine cotton material. Some suggested sizes are:
Small ( 12x 12 cm), Medium ( 23 x 23 cm), Large ( 33×33 cm).
You may have some at home, or check out Op Shops as they often stock a variety of good material. It must be COTTON, not polycotton. If you are buying from your local fabric supplier, consider 100% cotton Lawn or light sheeting material. You will need to wash and dry your material prior to the workshop. Some material will be available on the day for a donation.
We will have templates to cut if you have larger pieces of material. Bring along Pinking Sheers if you have them.
Herbal teas made from our garden will be available.
Places are limited and bookings essential.
These workshops are all weather events (rain or shine).
This will be a relaxed fun morning.