15 June 2020
News of Coming Events
The Gardens are open as are the café and bookshop, all with a few sensible restrictions which we hope all of you will observe.
From the President
We’re back…well almost!
The Council of Friends has just held its first Council meeting in 3 months in a socially distanced space facilitate by the Management of the Gardens, with a surprising amount of business. Reports from our Special Interest Groups record plenty going on out of sight. Memberships are being renewed and a few excellent donations coming in towards the end of the tax year, thanks to those donors.
The Photographic and Botanical Art groups are working on future exhibitions. Details will be posted, as soon as we are 100% sure of progressing.
Growing Friends now back under strict guidelines in the Growing houses, thanks to staff for watering during lockdown.
Peter Byron gave us a heartening update on developments under way during lockdown which covered new buildings as well as repairs to existing, though hail damaged buildings. You will be delighted to see the “new work” done on both the Banks Centre (reverting to its original name now) and the Crosbie Morrison Building. Roof repairs for the damaged Visitor Centre/Gallery will soon be carried out to enable exhibitions to be safely held. Meanwhile the Banksia Garden is almost at the point of opening to the public, though an official opening is some time away. As well building tenders are being finalised for construction of the Conservatory with hopefully a sod-turning in October, and the tenders for the architectural design work for the Seed Centre will go out soon.
While it is still some time away the Council is looking at a number of options, which of course keep changing (!), to hold our Annual General Meeting and elect office bearers. Watch this space. Speaking of which we were sorry to receive the resignation of Peter Heaume from Council but thank him for his work while a member. After a long stint of terrific service David Coutts is stepping down from being convenor of the Projects Committee, and we thank him most sincerely. Alan Henderson has happily slotted into this role.
The unstoppable (happily) David More, has persisted with numerous attempts over a number of years now to find a suitable management system for the Friends to improve the business side of our organisation. This is no small matter with over 2,000 members to be renewed and hopefully funds to be managed by our Treasurer for both operations and donations, you would think somewhere ‘out there’ there would be an off-the-shelf system waiting to be purchased. But no. Following a beauty parade of numerous systems, feedback from users of those systems, and several trials (consistently negative sadly) David has now produced a very workable and largely home built system which appears to be able to do what we want, in particular online membership payments and renewals. In the next few weeks we hope to launch and will give more details on how to use in both Fronds and this eNews.
Max Bourke AM, President, FANBG
I KNOW YOU WILL HAVE RECEIVED MANY REQUESTS FOR SUPPORT, WE ALL HAVE. BUT AS THE END OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR APPROACHES AND MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL SEASON APPROACHES, PLEASE KEEP YOUR BOTANIC GARDENS IN MIND.
The ANBG is part of our collective recovery for both the planet and for our own health. We need you more than ever as members. We need any support you can make financially as the Gardens themselves have had a significant reduction in income from COVID-19 in all of their revenue streams.
You can very easily make a donation when you renew, or separately online or by direct cheque.
Thanks you for what you do!
New Edition of Eucalypt
Eucalypt is the bi-annual newsletter of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG).
In Adelaide in March, as part of the Adelaide Festival, you could witness giant fire orbs, flickering urns and fiery pits at the Botanic Gardens, and thousands of people did. But the east of the country was already on fire.
This edition of Eucalypt tells you about both Adelaide’s Fire Garden and the devastation, and recovery, of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden. We know about our tribulations at the ANBG, but you can also read about Bendigo’s award winning garden, on-line services in Sydney, and nearly normal life in Orange. So follow the link now and read Eucalypt 54, May 2020 (https://friendsbotanicgardens.org/uploads/images/Eucalypt/EucalyptNo54May2020.pdf)
Phased Library Reopening
- To comply with social distancing and hygiene requirements, changes have been made to pre-pandemic library procedures.
- In accordance with operational directives to the Public Service, full-time onsite services of the ANBG Library may not resume initially. The exact timings of the phased reopening arrangements are undefined at this stage and subject to change at any moment given the fluid nature of the pandemic situation. The ANBG Friends Management team will be given updates to be disseminated to members to ensure that any variations to arrangements are known by Friends in advance.
- It is acknowledged that the ANBG Library is a relatively small, confined space with narrow space between the shelving limiting usable floor space. It is also a space entered frequently by Botany Building staff to service their printing requirements. To cater to social distancing requirements in the first phase of reopening, the ANBG Library will initially operate a contactless ‘click and collect’ service for Friends via the Visitor Centre. This will allow Friends to safely access physical library items, while minimising the number of people in the Library space and traversing through the Botany and Administration Buildings.
- Full reference services will remain available to the Volunteers via telephone and email. The Library catalogue is available online and can be searched by Volunteers from the convenience of their homes. Requests for items can be emailed or phoned through to the ANBG Library (ANBG.firstname.lastname@example.org, (02) 6250 9480)
- Returning of items will be through a contactless drop point in the Visitor Centre.
- Returned items will be treated in accordance with best practice quarantine procedures for library items. This may occasionally result in a slight delay of up to three days lag in the availability of an item while it is going through the quarantine process.
- The procedures from Phase One will continue to operate, including the contactless ‘click and collect’ service.
- In addition to the measures in Phase One, to ensure compliance with social distancing, Friends can make an appointment the day in advance to book a time slot to visit the Library in person.
- The pandemic is declared over, or a vaccine or treatment has been discovered which allows the society to return to pre-pandemic levels of interaction. Pre-pandemic Library procedures are resumed.