ANGAIR is a ‘get up and do it’ organisation. How can it keep opening avenues for people to contribute and hand on its accumulated experience and expertise?
How can we improve the way we support our many nodes of volunteer activity? As a member or friend of ANGAIR, we want you to be part of answering these questions.
At 50 years, ANGAIR is in good health, with expertise and credibility in protecting local ecosystems, understanding flora and fauna and educating people. But the world is changing fast. Now is a good time to get ready for what is coming, and to involve new generations looking for ways to care for the natural world.
Session 1 Where does ANGAIR need to break new ground?
Sunday February 16, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, at Anglesea CFA
Session 1 is the springboard to Session 2. Come as a member, and maybe bring one other person who isn’t a member, who can help us think deeply about ANGAIR.
Session 2 The Urgent Decade
Sunday March 22, 10.00am -1.00pm, at Anglesea CFA
At a time of unprecedented environmental change, ANGAIR is on the frontline. Find out how ANGAIR works, and meet the people behind its work—how they got involved, why they keep at it, and how you can join in. This is a chance to hear their story and understand what you can do to look after the place where you live.
What’s the idea behind these sessions?
Session 1 checks ANGAIR’s mission against emerging pressures and makes choices about where to break new ground; Session 2 invites people to be part of ANGAIR. Here are three good reasons for doing this now.
Renewing ANGAIR’s membership. The district is no longer a sleepy coastal resort. Families are moving in. Young people are into projects, not committees. Retirement is changing—people are working longer and grandparenting later. People want to make a contribution, but they need to see, hear and feel what’s happening so they can make choices around their interests.
Preparing for the next wave of environmental issues. ANGAIR has pushed local environmental issues onto the agenda of government and built care for the environment into community life. Habitats have been protected. Native flora and fauna are better understood. Now, a warming climate is creating a new wave of challenges. Let’s name them.
Looking after ANGAIR’s self-organising structure. Through specialist groups that establish themselves, ANGAIR creates a community of volunteers and gives people a place to pursue their passions. But the links between the parts have to stay alive, and the administrative umbrella needs people and resources
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.