Thirty members attended the annual Christmas dinner meeting on a sublime Wednesday evening, with the setting sun lighting the adjacent Barrabool Hills in an impressive array of colours and shadows.
There was an extensive lineup of offerings for the bar-b-que and 3 pavlovas to finish.
Hosts, Mark and Heiki Dunn, very generously offered their newly restored bluestone home for the event and led conducted tours through it for those interested.
President, Kaye Rodden, briefly addressed the gathering. She commended all those members who contributed to a very successful 2017 for the Group. Highlights included the cooperative development, publication and launch of the “Flora of the Hills” booklet, with the students and staff of the Gordon TAFE.
“The launch of the new web site and Facebook page will vastly improve our communications with the entire Barrabool Hills community,” she said.
“The most popular events of the year were the Community Tree Planting day at Merrawarp Road and the photo competition.”
“The rabbit harbour destruction program and a robust discussion on climate change at the AGM rounded out a busy 12 months.”
” Next year is shaping up well at this stage with a major Rabbit Management field day. The imminent release of the K5 calici virus strain into the Barrabool Hills and the Mapping project.”
She wished everyone a merry Christmas and happy New Year.