Annual General Meeting and Presentation

2024 AGM and Presentation

Including a presentation on Hairpin Banksia with Annette Muir, plant ecologist at Arthur Rylah Institute
Supported by Yarra Ranges Council

Hairpin Banksia flower
Flower of a Hairpin Banksia (Banksia spinulosa)
Saturday 17th August
10.00 am (AGM followed by presentation from 10.40 am)
Montrose Town Centre (map)
RSVP to by Thursday 15th August

MEG members and the public are welcome to attend this fascinating presentation from MEG member and past committee member Annette Muir, a plant ecologist with Arthur Rylah Institute. The presentation will begin at 10.40 am, preceded by MEG's Annual General Meeting from 10.15 am. Doors open at 10 am. Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be available after the presentation.

There is no need to book but we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity. Bring friends and relatives! Voluntary cash donations to MEG are encouraged.

Hairpin Banksia: A plant that needs our help

This threatened species appears in MEG's logo and is the namesake of our newsletter, Spinulosa. Find out about hairpin banksia and how the local community can help secure its future.

Hairpin Banksia grows in the foothills between Montrose and Silvan and is an important nectar source for honeyeater birds and small animals like sugar gliders. However, it has been gradually declining from areas where it was once known.

Annette will describe how her research into this species is helping to discover its lifecycle and threats it faces. One possible action is to re-establish patches of Hairpin Banksia in the Dandenongs (MEG has assisted with one such plantng) and she would like to discuss how local groups and residents could help preserve this species.

Annette is a plant ecologist whose main research area is the responses of native plants to fire. Her work involves collaboration with land managers to ensure the relevance of this research to management applications, and communications to different audiences. She has extensive experience in plant surveys and monitoring in a range of ecosystems across Victoria, including East Gippsland, Central Highlands and Box-Ironbark regions.

PDF flyer (presentation only)

Montrose Town Centre
Annually in August-October
Saturday 17th August 2024, 10.00 am
Contact us for more details

Each year MEG holds an AGM which includes a presentation from an environmental expert followed by light refreshments. This is a great opportunity to connect with other members and learn more about your local environment. The event is usually held in August. In recent years the AGM has been held in the Montrose Town Centre, the costs of which are covered by Councillor Len Cox of the Yarra Ranges Council. Voluntary donations will be contributed to a relevant environmental organisation. The Spinulosa newsletter following each AGM includes an overview of the presentation as well as a summary of MEG's activities over the past year and the Treasurer’s report. In 2020 and 2021, the AGM was held online through Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions, but AGMs have since returned to in-person.

Recent presentations have included:

The AGM and presentation will be announced in the preceding Spinulosa newsletter. For more details, contact us.

Dr. Lindy Lumsden presenting on bats at the 2016 AGM
Dr. Graeme Lorimer presenting on fire ecology at the 2017 AGM
Bird photographer Kim Wormald at the 2021 AGM on Zoom
Wildlife rescuer Nalini Scarfe presenting at the 2023 AGM

See also