AGM – Saturday, 20 August 2016 – 2pm

Guest Speaker: Matt French – Community Development Manager – RSPCA New South Wales

Matt’s talk will focus on the social work of the RSPCA. Not many people know about this area of the RSPCA’s work, but it is a significant part of their overall strategy. Every animal has a human story and the challenges faced by the animal owners flow on to affect the welfare of their animals. To address this, the RSPCA run an aged care service, a domestic violence service as well as a homeless program. The RSPCA provide accommodation for animals and assist with veterinary care while owners get connected with human welfare services. They run desexing and vaccination initiatives in communities where these services are lacking due to financial and education constraints.

General Meeting – Saturday 18th June 2016 – 2pm

Guest Speaker: Stuart Read

Topic: Heritage & Trees: are they connected & what’s in it for me?

Stuart Read was fortunate to win an overseas fellowship from the Pratt Foundation/International Specialised Skills Institute, travelling through Spain in 2005 studying the management of change in old and new parks and gardens.  He led a tour of Spanish gardens for the Friends of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW in 2010.  Trained in science, amenity horticulture and landscape architecture in New Zealand, he has specialised since 1991 in working on Australian World, National and now NSW heritage areas. Stuart strives for acceptance of landscapes as a valid type of heritage place worth managing sensitively.  Particular passions are lessons from historic gardens, tracing global plant movement, better management of cultural landscapes as part of our future identity and economy.