MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE DARNALL COUNTRY CLUB ON 17 DECEMBER 2015 AT 17H30
1. Registration on entry:
2. Welcome and Apologies:
8 apologies were received and 40 members were present. The attendance register is filed with the original minutes.
3. Establishment of Quorum:
Quorum was established, meeting constituted.
4. Approval of Minutes of AGM held on 18 December 2014:
Proposed by Wendy Balcomb and seconded by Dymock Brett.
5. Matters arising from minutes of AGM held on 18 December 2014:
No matters arising.
6. Report on audited Financial Statements (Richard Armstrong):
The financial statements were electronically circulated prior to the meeting and Richard briefly explained these and remarked that we had experienced a financially successful year.
7. Report on Services (Gail Harris):
Cliff – Events during the year
Gail thanked Cliff for his organization as far as signs, posters and events are concerned. She said she knew it kept him out of mischief but is also a lot of work. Thank you on behalf of the Committee.
Water meters –All water meters have been installed but there are still lots of hiccups and teething problems both with meters and accounts. Once paperwork is sorted out for each household, there will be no more charges on the accounts.
Portable loo’s, Jo Jo tanks will be placed in the busy areas. Mainly in Black Rock Park and main beach car park.
Skip – should be in Magai Park tomorrow. You can use this for dumping all your unwanted goods.
Garden refuse – still have the odd problems. Residents either not complying with the 3 bag policy or putting refuse out on wrong days. Then KDM not picking up – continue nagging!
I have planted 8 blue swing refuse bins at the top of the servitudes in Magai Drive and at the other end on the beach. Two were also planted in Leonotis Park.
Operation Clean up:
Allan very kindly organized to have a tricycle donated to ZBRRA and Robert was employed to drive it around picking up all the litter in the village. If you see him, tell him what a great job he is doing. The heat has been unbearable some days so encouragement would be good.
11 this year but lost 9 due to houses being sold so total members now 171 up by 2 from last year.
Will be on leave from afternoon of 24 Dec and be back on 11 Jan 2016.
Will have cell with me for emergencies.
Thank you to members who report things to me that I might not get to see.
Thank you also for being so understanding when I battle to get things done promptly. If nothing else,
I have learnt to be tolerant and patient SOMETIMES!!!!
Lastly – thank you to the Chairman and committee for always being so supportive and also for their assistance when times get difficult! I appreciate that.
Wishes for a blessed and safe Christmas. See you all again in the New Year.
8. Report on Conservancy: (Klaus Achtzehn)
Klaus’s report back on conservancy. Don’t have Gareth anymore. Project has come to an end. Nkonko trail is open and Cliff is investigating establishing a walk through there. Farm that was Leased by the Clewlow’s is now back in Tongaat Huletts hands.
9. Report back on Lower Tugela Biodiversity Protection project: (Gareth Roberts)
Two major things you need to watch out for: The first is the Estuary Management Plans.
Draft Management plans have been written and everybody will be contacted for the public participation process to formalize the Management Plans. How best to manage estuaries – By laws will have to be amended i.e. number of water crafts (defined by things that float). They are trying to get that changed.
Operation Phakisa: A government strategy to unlock the oceans economic wealth. 97 percent of the ocean is currently under mining leases. If all 23 MPA’s proposed under Operation Phakisa get promulgated it will take us up to about 9 percent. We would want to fight it to stop mining, commercial trawling and to boost fish stocks and maintain biodiversity. This will also contribute to combatting climate change.
The Thukela MPA will help boost economics of the region and the legislation used to promulgate the reserve will help to push the local government to improve land management especially along rivers and estuaries. In the long term this will help to improve the quality of our beaches and coastline beyond the extent of the MPA.
The Estuary Management Plans and Marine Protected Area will both need your support especially your comments during the Public Participation Process which should start soon.
10. Election of Committee 2015/2016 :
Current committee consists of 6. Gina York Smith has offered to stand on the committee.
Wendy asked if Stephany Pons would like to join. Dave Pons has instead agreed to stand.
Cliff – Thanked Gail for all her work.
Thanks to Dymock and Bruce Tucker for looking after the trails.
The gate at Nonoti will now be a pedestrian gate as soon as this is completed
Allan asked about the times the gate Is open. Richard explained that Alpha is supposed to open the gate early in the morning for a couple of hours and open and close it again in the afternoon.
Stephany asked that ZBRRA be marketed more so that we could gain more members.
Gail would chat to Stephany with regards marketing.
Gina asked the reason that NW and ZBRRA are separate. Richard explained the history of the reason for the separation – Both organisations decided it was better to split because often at meetings, security took preference.
Klaus said we should express our thanks to Mike Crossman who unfortunately had to step down due to personal problems.
There being no further business the meeting was closed and Richard invited all for Snacks and a Cash Bar after the meeting.