AGM

2022 President's Report, by Hayley Waud

Welcome All – friends, members of the community and members of the Hall.

 

I would like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owner’s of the land on which we gather today, the Turrbal, Kabi Kabi (or Gubbi Gubbi) and Waka (Wakka Wakka) clans. I would also like to extend acknowledgement to the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to elders past, present and future.

Another year has passed and another busy one it has been. If you were here last AGM you would know the previous year was mostly focused on getting all our documents in order and getting a grasp on where the Hall was at in terms of maintenance and financial statements and constitutions and all that necessary stuff.

 
So, this year we were able to start really driving the ideas behind the philosophy statements we had developed and our motto “The Hall for All: All for the Hall”. Our priorities were Hall maintenance and gathering in of the community.

In one of our last meetings of 2021 and the first with new committee members, Secretary and Treasurer we looked ahead to pencil in the future events. Our last event of 2021 we hosted the Cedar Creek Hall-oween that turned out to be a very fun day with the highlight, I think all would agree, being the Pumpkin Lantern Carving. There were amazing and creative carving talents but the most entertaining part was auctioning them off. You probably had to be there to really appreciate it but let’s just say kids are very enthusiastic bidders (especially with their parent’s money). All proceeds went straight to the Hall so we were very grateful for their enthusiasm and of course the parent’s generosity😊

 

For the first event of 2022 we wanted to run our very popular Open Day Fair again – this year’s theme was Animal Welfare – domestic & wild. With the help of the Samford Museum, visitors were able to learn of the past animal history of our local area and with the input of many other local groups there were informative talks to listen to and partake in, all sorts of animals to meet including a baby bat, mascot dog and mascot Clydesdale, the dog agility demonstrations, our neighbours Samford Rural Fire Brigade brought Bushy the Kangaroo for the kids this year, there were markets, local musicians and we even had Jazzy Chats – a 17 piece jazz band to entertain the crowds. The Hall raised much needed funds and once again it was a hit with the community. So, another successful Open Day the result of all the committee’s hard work.

Now, we all know what an election means right ? – cakes and sausages!! Well the Rural Fire Brigade took care of the sausages so we had cakes and slices and ices and all the treats. You may remember it was one of our now quite familiar very wet 2022 days with a very muddy welcoming entrance (thank you to Stuart Blacket for the green carpet and thank goodness for the safety improvements to our front stairs but more on that later). The rain didn’t dampen the community spirit though – we had many delicious donated goodies eagerly snapped up by the voters and election day officials. Thank you to all who contributed, once again another fantastic fund-raising event for the Hall.

This year also saw the return of the much loved and requested Soup Day! Sadly, I was away for this one but as anticipated it went off with a bang. We had many yummy homemade soup donations from our wonderful community but also a ‘limited stock soup edition’ from Alfreshco’s, made by local chef Alasdair McLeod and all the delightful bread roll goodness donated from Dave and Ven of Little Tree bakery. There were fabulous desserts on offer as well as entertainment from our talented local musicians and it was our first big event where the understory of the Hall came alive again after finishing up the agreement with the Community Library Samford. Some of our committee members gave it a good clear out and we were really able to make use of the rustic charm of the beautiful old built-in tables and bench seats.

 

To cap off our larger events, 2022 also saw the initiation of regular monthly Community gatherings in the form of our TGIF’s (Thank Goodness it’s Friday for those still wondering). Starting out with a good old sausage sizzle and now with burgers, sweets and even a baked potato or two to satiate the crowds, these have created a welcoming space for locals to unwind at the end of the month. The kid’s games and braziers come out, there’s music by our adopted resident musician Michael and opportunities for other musicians to get up and have a go too. Unfortunately we did have to cancel a few in the beginning of the year due to weather but as I spoke of before, along with Soup Day and enquiries from possible Hirers, the vision of being able to properly use our space under the Hall became a priority and what a beautiful space it can be. So now even if it is pouring outside there is space for everyone to gather underneath creating a really lovely cosy atmosphere.
In addition to the events, we’ve had Kids Art classes, school holidays activities, we tried out a series of evening talks and the Hall is still home for Yoga classes on mornings and evenings throughout the week. These regular bookings are the backbone of fundraising for the Hall but are also another way to soak up the charm of this almost 100 year old building.

 

That brings me to more of the wonderful work achieved this year, first of all with a new look website made possible from time and expertise donated by one of our committee members, Belinda Worden and their own business’ website guru. Same domain as before, Cedarcreekpublichall.org.au but along with the much improved aesthetic of the site, you can now jump onto the Calendar and get information on the weekly classes on offer as well as upcoming events, you can access the Hiring Conditions and make booking enquiries. It’s a big step up from what we had before and we’ve definitely seen an increase of traffic of enquiries on the Hall.


I mentioned earlier about clearing out the space underneath the Hall, this was able to happen with a collaboration from local Sean Crawford who donated the garden shed and concrete slab build and our wonderful committee members, especially Stephanie Shen and partner who stayed into the evening working in the dark to finish it off. This meant we could store the chairs, signs and all the other “stuff” that used to prevent us from really using underneath the Hall to its full potential. Job well done.


Another job well done has been committee member Angus McPherson’s ongoing work to give some much needed TLC to the Hall’s front stairs, casement windows, internal walls and floor. We applied for a Local Community Grant with MBRC in the first round of the year and unfortunately were unsuccessful. The stairs were becoming a safety issue and needed to be addressed ASAP. Angus started the preparations to do the necessary work and then we found out we were successful in Round 2 of the Grant offers so he could go ahead with giving them the full love they needed making them much safer for all to use. The grant meant we were also able to complete restoration work on the upstairs internal walls here with a coat of linseed oil – that is the fabulous aroma you can smell. The window latches have all been repaired and broken casement stays replaced and the floor got a light coating too.


And the maintenance work and donations continue – Michael from Interactive Electrical donated his time to do an electricity audit on the Hall, one of our issues was a wiring issue to the toilet lights but while we needed to fix that we went ahead and used Hall funds to complete electrical rewiring in a few areas of the Hall and extra lighting and switches.

 
Sean and Jan Crawford donated their time to clean the external walls again this year. When we put the call out we also had donations of another fridge and BBQ.


In the background the work you don’t see so much of has been consolidating the Google Drive records – this task was started last year and we have built upon that this year in centralising all the Hall’s documents to make it easier for future committee’s to track down information. Ensuring the Hall’s accounts are kept up to date and pass auditor’s approval. Doing regular submission’s to the Village Pump and Dayboro Grapevine to promote our events and thank you to both publication’s and their editors for active support in displaying our articles effectively. We were even front page news on the Grapevine this year for the Open Day in March😊


We met with our local pollies this year, Darren Grimwade and Nikki Boyd to develop relations with them and just to make sure they knew who we were, what we’re about and where we are heading. Darren was able to help out with details on obtaining a lease on the council owned block next door after we discovered that we had to put in Public Space Permits to use that area for bigger events that spill over into that area. Nikki pointed us in the direction of more Grants we could be looking at. We also had a meeting with the MBRC Community Development Officer Micah Lean to build our network of contacts and people we can call on for help and advice. Interesting news was that Micah let us know Council are trying to steer the Council run Community Halls in a similar way to what we are doing here in the way of actually holding events to engage the community rather than just run them as a space for hire – so good to know we’re ahead of the game on that one.


We are ever grateful for the support we get from our local community whether it is professional expertise, baking, helping out on event days, providing musical entertainment or just buying a burger and the many more ways that we are helped every year we would like to say a massive THANK YOU ALL. The Hall Membership is growing and thank you once again to those who have signed up and continue to renew their memberships. It may sound cliché but we couldn’t do it without all your support and we certainly couldn’t do it without the teamwork of the committee. Unfortunately, some committee members have had to step away already this year as other areas of life take priority and others such as myself will also be stepping away (turns out having a baby really does take up a lot of your time – who knew? LOL) 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to the past and present committee members for their amazing dedication and time volunteered – Lotty Cole, Kelly Neisler, Tara Bedwell, Stephanie Shen, Cherrie McMillen, Belinda Worden, Angus McPherson, Angela Stomfai and of course all their partners for coming along for the ride as well. It’s been a blast and here’s to more great times and community fun to come.

 

The Hall for All : All for The Hall