Thirty seven of AIDA’s approximately 450 members attended the 2019 AIDA Annual General Meeting, which was held on Saturday 27th April at the Aireys Inlet Community Hall.
AIDA president Charlotte Allen welcomed councillor Margot Smith, who thanked AIDA for inviting her to attend the AGM and gave a short presentation. Margot reported that consultation on the future use of the Alcoa site in Anglesea is continuing and the State Government has released its plan on the Futures Land Use for the area. However, not all the community is happy with it and, in particular people want to retain the bike path in its current location. With respect to planning matters, Margot reported that in her ward of Anglesea two planning applications had been refused due to over-development, one for the old motel site of a 3-story building which would have been built out to the edges and another for the hardware store whose proposed redevelopment was over the height limit, built out to the edges and would have limited vegetation. The community had been encouraged to submit objections, and these were supported by the Surf Coast Shire. Finally, Margo advised that although she deliberately would not talk about the Painkalac Valley, she nevertheless appreciated all the work that AIDA had done and for its information and opinions. There were no questions from attendees.
During the formal portion of the AGM Charlotte Allen presented the President’s 2018 Annual Report. Ian Godfrey and Charlotte then outlined the mediation agreement and took questions from the floor (a detailed report of the mediation and responses is included in the Minutes of the AGM, see below for link). The financial report was then accepted and the election of the 2019/20 Committee was held. Charlotte Allen thanked retiring committee members Janice Carpenter, Gary Johnson, Lecki Ord and Ian Godfrey for their service and then reported that, there being no more than one person nominated for each position on the committee, the new AIDA Committee was declared to have been elected.Click the following links for the meeting papers (AGM2019 Agenda & Financial Report, President’s Report, AIDA AGM 2019 Minutes).