SI Australia National Representative Kath Gribble
Firstly, I hope you all had a very Happy Christmas and I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.
I visited SI Adelaide in December and spoke of the role of the SI Australia representative and promoted our projects and the conference in May. It is a small club but they do some great work.
I met with the editor of our newsletter before Christmas and I hope you all enjoyed reading the information contained in it.
I spent the Christmas break in Tasmania with my family and while I was there, caught up with Janet Hanna Minchin, who is managing the SI Australia website. Together we worked on it, including a template to send to the Prime Minister regarding backpackers.
In January Heather Hunt, secretary for SI Australia, spent a few days with me while we drafted the program for the conference in May, as well as agendas for both the SI Australia AGM and General Business Meeting.
Unfortunately, Rosie Ayliffe cannot come to the conference in May now, as her book will not be published in time. However, I have another guest speaker Alison Rahill, who is the Executive Officer of the Anti-Slavery Taskforce in Sydney and is willing to speak.
The Barossa girls have put together some wonderful tours for SI members and they will be free! There are five tours to choose from, which are all very different and include meeting some Barossa identities, who will be available to talk to. Barossa club members will act as drivers on the tours, which will be another personal touch.
SI Australia and IBM conference committee met on 29th January and plans are progressing well. All speakers are locked in. It was suggested the UN Liaison person from each Region present for 15 to 20 minutes on their activities. The committee will be wearing scarves to identify them for information. All the dignitaries and guest speakers have accepted to date and we have an Indigenous woman to carry out a smoking ceremony to start the conference.
SISWP had a Directors meeting on 27th January and it was with great sadness that we accepted Karen Ford’s resignation as Company Secretary, a position she has held for many years. However, to our great delight Rosaline Miller was voted in unanimously and has accepted the position.
A power point has been sent to all Region Presidents for distribution to all SI members on the SISWP President’s Special Appeal in Indonesia.
Discussions are ongoing for the Federation Project Sanctuary Shelter, with still no contract signed.