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The Twenty Sixth AGM

10:30 am

Wednesday 13 April 2011

Sinclair Avenue Campus
26 Sinclair Avenue, Glen Iris

Incoming President Peter Isaacson takes the chair
as retiring President Rod Benjamin watches on.


  • To receive apologies and proxies
  • To confirm Minutes of the 2010 Annual General Meeting
  • To receive the Annual Report for 2010/11
  • To receive the Audited Financial Statement for the year ended 31/12/2010
  • To elect Office Bearers and Committee Members for the next 12 months
  • To appoint an Auditor for the year ending 31 December 2011
  • To consider amendments to the Rules of Association

Minutes of the previous AGM were approved.
The President's Annual Report was approved.
The Financial Statement was withheld pending a minor correction and will be submitted to an extraordinary General Meeting, to be advised.

Appointed Committee of Management 2011

President Peter Isaacson
Vice President Rod Benjamin
Secretary Bruce Lancashire
Treasurer Frank Egan
Members: Meg Adams
  Marie Hamerton
  Claus Gyrn
  John Howell
  Ruth Muir
  Gillian Yung

A number of changes to the Rules of Association were agreed to at the AGM and will be submitted to the Department of Justice for approval to formalise the changes.

The Annual General Meeting was followed by a talk.

Food, Famine, Fecundity and Phosphate.

Speaker: Dr. John Swan, AO


The demand for food (especially high-protein food) is growing rapidly, in step with a projected major growth in world populations. This talk will explore the linkages between the availability of land for agriculture, the growth of cities, the need for fertilizers (especially the critically important nutrient phosphate) and the parallel problem of waste treatment.

Controlled sewage disposal is essential to human health in cities, but is leading to a one-way loss of phosphate to the world's oceans. Some possible means for converting this 'positive feedback' (where the problem gets bigger and more expensive year by year) to 'negative feedback' will be examined.