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ARE you passionate about Phillip Island’s en-
Would you like to work with other like-mind-
ed people to protect and enhance the Phillip Is-
The Phillip Island Conservation Society
(PICS) which turns 50 in 2018, will be holding
their Annual General Meeting on Saturday Jan-
uary 6 and is seeking new committee members.
All positions will be declared vacant at the
AGM, but PICS is especially seeking a treasurer
and a minutes’ secretary. All books are up to
PICS is an extremely active organisation with
four sub-committees: Red Rocks and Saltwater
Creek Coastcare, Preserve Western Port Action
Group and Friends of Scenic Estate Reserve.
PICS supports proposals that enhance and
preserve Phillip Island’s precious natural envi-
ronment and opposes proposals that threaten
PICS goes to VCAT to be heard as necessary
when applications are being determined.
The AGM will be held at the Cowes Cultural
Centre, meeting room one, bring and share
meal at 6pm and the AGM is starting at 7.30pm.
Annual reports will be presented. There will
be no speaker at this meeting, but a short gen-
eral meeting will follow the AGM. All welcome.
Please note that only members can nominate
for the committee.
Memberships can be paid on the night before
the AGM and nominations for committee posi-
tions will be taken at the AGM.
For enquiries contact the secretary, Christine
Grayden, on phone 5956 8501.
Conservation Society members pictured at work on Phillip Island this year.
Conservation Society AGM
EVERY now and then something comes along
that is long forgotten and then rediscovered
through accident or fortune, and so it is with
this charming piece of poetry written by Jack
Jack, a self-described “bushie from way back”
wrote his poem some 20 years ago on one of the
yearly sojourns across the Nullarbor to Western
Australia with wife Betty.
The aim of these trips during retirement years
was to not only see a part of the country they
loved, but to engage their passion of the Austra-
During the latter months of the year, these flow-
ers are in abundance across the state and pro-
duce the most dazzling of floral shows.
It was on one of these early journeys that Jack
entered a poetry competition in the theme of ‘Aus-
Some 300 entries were received, with this
poem emerging a clear winner in the judge’s eyes.
A family member came across the superbly
written piece recently and passed it on for pub-
When asked what the poem meant to him,
Jack commented “it just reminds me of the
wonderful times on our trips over to the west
and every so often I’ll have a read.
“Beyond that, I hadn’t thought too much
about it but if someone gains some apprecia-
tion from it then that’s terrific.
“The inspiration from it is purely borne from
my love of poetry, our vast country and the
Australian Wildflower. ”
These days Jack resides in the Gippsland
town of Noojee but has relatives on Phillip Is-
land who he visits regularly.
Though age (he is 82) precludes him from
driving long distances anymore, the stunning
array of colours from the largest Wildflower
show on the planet in the West has left a vivid
imprint on his mind.
Thanks for sharing your poem Jack, we’re
sure there are many readers who’ll enjoy it
and we look forward to another in the near
Poetry a love for Jack
By Gavin Stubbs
IT’S grand to be a flower when another day is born
When eucalypts are making silhouettes against the dawn;
When springtime with its splendour has awakened me again
I’ll spread my floral tresses like a carpet on the plain.
And then, for all the world to see, my mantel will unfold
The red and blue, the rainbows hue, among the green and gold.
For I’m a Kangaroo Paw and Xanthorrhoea grand
I am our flowers beautiful, of this great southern land.
For beautiful Australia is a land for all to see
The wonder of the wilderness, our flaming Desert Pea.
The great Australian outback or a quiet country road
I’m welcome as the raindrops in the land of my abode.
I love the coastal regions and I love the arid lands
I love the south west forests where the giant Karri stands.
I am the golden wattle or the eucalypt so grand
I am a great Australian and a native of this land.
I am an Australian wildflower
By Jack Clarke
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