As an Incorporated Association, Moreland Community Gardening requires a group of people (they’re called The Board in our organisation’s constitution) to looks after things that affect our whole organisation like our finances, legal and regulatory obligations. Tasks include governance, overseeing things like facilities, leases, insurance, fees and rules, planning, managing money, memberships, communication, engagement, culture, Council interaction, organisational decisions, helping moderate/address issues at the garden. In the future we hope to establish more places where the community can grow food, investigate grants and other funding, work for the dole and other possibilities. The Board keeps the organisation on track in terms of meeting its longer terms objectives and delivering what it says it will to its members.
Board members are voted in each year at our Annual General Meeting which is usually held sometime around August each year.
Join our Board
Members who are interested in participating in the board should contact one of the current board members to find out more about what’s involved.
The Board meets only 4-5 times a year for a few hours in the evening plus you’d need to find a few hours each month between meetings.
What’s in it for you?
Being on the board is rewarding, you get to know a great bunch of people who’re working hard to make something good happen for you and our community. You’ll gain useful experience and skills in working with volunteers and running a community group. We might be persuaded to name something after you (wheelbarrow? shovel? tree?). People will like you more and you’ll be a more attractive person generally (in all possible ways, allegedly).
Here’s who is currently on the board:
Libby Harper is an at home mum, a part time small business administration consultant and an amateur gardener with a past history in: health, administration, tourism and government developing policy, procedures and managing financial responsibilities. Libby has a lifelong history of participation in the community charity sector. Libby is committed to community development and making a positive change for the environment.
Angela Snowdon is a Environmental Scientist graduate, interested in reducing and improving the impact humans have on the environment. She finds the community garden is a great place to share ideas, knowledge and to engage. Angela currently works for an environmental not-for-profit, assisting community groups to build capacity through grant programs.
Chris Godsil is a father and husband. Chris is an emerging business leader with a strong background in the design, construction and maintenance of pavements incorporating recycled materials. Chris has a deep sense of social purpose and desire to apply his industry skills for his community’s benefit.
Suzi Murray is a keen amateur gardener with a small edible garden. Suzi has lived in Moreland for over 20 years and loves the local area. Suzi works in Cyber Security and is excited to be able to contribute back to her local community.
Lachlan Beeston is a novice gardener and experienced lawyer. Bringing extensive legal experience to the Board. Lachlan is likes to get his hands dirty and to grow the community gardens for the benefit of the wider Moreland community.
Peter Topping is a community gardener with a background in TAFE, travel technology and community campaigns. Peter is an AICD Graduate with a keen commitment to social justice and the environment.
Past board members who made a valuable contribution to getting us where we are include:
- Jo Stavers
- MONA Najafi Nobar
- Mark Sanders
- Andrew Ogbourne
- Kieran Dickson
- Liz Morgan
- Elen McNaught
- Brett McDonald
- Tom Tanhchareun
- Anna Wilkinson
- Kelly Gardiner
- Margaret Ayers – Co-founder
- Julia Raath
- Catherine Lovelock
- Janelle Robbins
- Paul Desmond – Co-founder
- Isa Ali
- Ryan Raudum
- Paul McKay – Co-founder
- Sonia Gatti
- Chris Currie
- Helen Mitchel