Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Omaha Beach Community Inc. ("OBC") held at Omaha Beach Community Centre at 4.00pm on Monday 3rd January 2011
The Chairman welcomed members and Councillor Penny Webster, Local Board member June Turner, John Williams and Dr Roger Grace.
Merv & Heather Dry; Martin Ilott & Tony McAnulty, Larry & Bridget
Allen, Paul & Lynette Subritzky, Liz & Phil Winstone, Richard
Harris, Giles & Jeanette Boyd, David Hanson, Ken Meiklejohn, Cathie
Gould. [Received subsequently: Tracey Martin]
Agreed by the members present that minutes of the previous AGM held
3 January 2010, available on website throughout the year, be taken as
read. No matters were raised in relation to the minutes.
President, Graham Painter, noted that his report was published in the December newsletter which was posted to all financial members. He
Motion: That the President's report be accepted.
Treasurer Kim Fisher referred to the accounts included in the December newsletter, outlining main revenue and expenditure items and grants made, and to OBC’s satisfactory financial position. Questions were invited, but none were put.
Motion:That the 2010 accounts be adopted.
CONFIRMATION OF THE APPOINTMENT OF A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT TO CONDUCT A REVIEW ENGAGEMENT FOR THE PERIOD ENDING 31 OCTOBER 2011
The Treasurer reiterated the reasons given at the January 2010 Annual Meeting for the change from an Audit to a Review Engagement and acknowledged the work done by Hayes Knight in reviewing the 2010 accounts.
Motion: That Hayes Knight be re-appointed
to conduct a Review Engagement of the 2011 accounts.
The Treasurer outlined the uses to which OBC’s existing funds and those provided from 2011 subscriptions could be put / are likely to be needed. He noted the Engagement Reviewer’s recommendations that OBC register for GST, having now exceeded the trigger point. OBC has agreed to do this effective 1 November 2010. In conjunction with these matters the committee considers it prudent to recommend a small increase in both the subscription and the security levy, neither of which have been increased for some years.
Discussion included various security matters.
The Committee recommended that subscriptions for the 2011 year be set at $27 (inclusive of GST), increased from $25, and the Security Levy at $23 (inclusive of GST), increased from $20, making a total of $50 for the two items.
Motion: That there being 10 nominations in
addition to the two representatives from OBRS (Mike Campbell and Steve
Marshall) and no other nominations, these nominees be duly elected committee
members of Omaha Beach Community Inc for the 2011 year.
The President thanked retiring committee members Judy O’Callahan and Belinda Thomas for their contributions.
CLUB and GROUP REPORTS
The Golf Club report was in the newsletter and there were no questions for its president, Steve Marshall.
Gaye Roberts presented the Club’s report, noting the Club’s sound financial position, the excellent playing condition of the greens, and the desire for more community support. She outlined incentives to encourage more community participation and provided phone numbers for club contacts Brian (422 9899), Giles (422 7392) and Tony (422 7085).
Surf Life Saving Club
John Williams, club president and local Youth Aid officer, after commenting on the policing aspects of what turned out to be a quiet New Year’s Eve at Omaha Beach and drawing attention to the club’s fund raising event on 7 January, described the club’s significant progress in 2010. He thanked Ian Hutchinson for work done, RDC and then Mayor Penny Webster who supported everything he asked them to do, and the OBC President for assistance during the construction phase of the clubroom / deck upgrade.He advised that the community has open access to the Surf Club venue and can use it for functions free of charge. The club’s vision is “they provide a hub that’s a safe place for kids to be” – and they now have many volunteers, young lifeguards and “good adults” running it. It has 170 juniors and will have 39 active patrolling lifeguards by the end of this season. The club appreciates the support Omaha gives them and they’re putting this back into the community.
Security, Rubbish and Vehicles on Dunes / Walkways
No issues raised.
Resolved. LIMS of the 41 affected properties are basically to have a note along lines of “there may be potential for inundation in 50 years’ time if sea levels rise…”. OBC has commitment from Council for review in 10 years. OBC thanks Richard and Jeremy Brabant for their work.
Stormwater and Wastewater
Omaha Taniko Wetlands (Kahikatea) Scientific Reserve Walkway
OBC intends to make this a primary project for 2011. Funding (approx $100k) is now a primary task, and the President asked members to let the committee know of any avenues to pursue.
Denis O’Callahan reported on behalf of the Omaha Shorebird Protection Trust (OSPT) whose members were unable to attend. He mentioned the various shorebirds which nest on the North Omaha Reserve; updated attendees on progress toward obtaining funding for a predator fence, thanking OBC and OBRS for their contributions; outlined the expected survival numbers for the current season; noted predators and other factors hazardous to the various birds’ survival; and commented on the dotterels which nested at Walkway 10, the eggs survived a month of incubation but the chicks less than a day.
OSPT leaflets and website www.omahashorebirds.co.nz have information. A member suggested OSPT go to the World Wildlife Fund for support. DOC has been approached; has no funding, but does provide resource.
The President noted the judgement on costs has not yet been made. Kim Fisher advised that $620 had been spent in total: $140k for S274 appeal to join the hearing, and $480k for the hearing - $75k of which (for graphics) should have been borne by OPL and formed part of their presentation. 270 persons contributed a total of $290k and OBRS provided $330k. The President commented on the number of contributors and funds raised, noting we raised what we needed to, and we won.
Cockles & Mangroves
The Whangateau Harbour Care Group (WHCG) is holding a Fun Day on 22 January with Glass Bottom Boat tours, guided snorkeling and guided walks.
The President referred to the Planning Forum and newsletters [refer website] in relation to the ‘mangrove issues’, with which OBC hasn’t been involved except as required, eg to follow up residents’ correspondence. He noted ARC’s plan / protocol, referred to WHCG’s ‘Point 10’ on mangrove control potential, and referred to local press asking for comment.
OBC does not support wholesale removal of mangroves but intends to have a subcommittee consider the ARC protocol; volunteers welcome for subcommittee. OBC will then meet with WHCG, discuss the issue and come back to members. OBC acknowledges mangroves do provide a benefit but they do also contribute to sediment.
OBC’s tsunami sub-committee is working up a management plan with Civil Defence. This will take into account property height above sea level, anticipated wave effect, likely severity, likely arrival time in relation to tide etc. Hutchinson Consultants have assisted, developing a contour plan with 2.5m increments; when the plan is finalised each resident will be able to see their property height above sea level, and nearest high ground.
Councillor Webster suggested asking Civil Defence to look at the Cooks Beach plan.
Omaha Beach Club / Community Centre: Maintenance
The President explained for the sake of record that OBC has the lease from the Council and the Golf Club has a contractual management agreement with OBC. The Golf Club has free use of the community centre, but is required to contribute $5k annually for structural and external maintenance requirements. These contributions constitute the “CCMF” (Community Centre Maintenance Fund). As a consequence of using the community centre the Golf Club derives substantial revenue and other operating benefits from the use of facilities including care, bar, admin and starters offices.
During considerable discussion on this matter differing views were presented and points made in relation to the respective responsibilities of OBC and OBGC, the contracts in place and their current relevance. To the suggestion that the CCMF would not be enough for major expenses over a long period and Council would then be required to provide fallback funding Councillor Webster warned that if the Centre was Council-owned there would be an advisory committee, nothing would get done, and the Centre would very likely be closed.
The Chairman thanked attendees and the meeting closed at 6pm.