After a relatively quiet period as the Board Expression of Interest process ran its course, we held our first meeting with prospective Board Members on 28 August at the Treehouse in Mundaring. In lieu of published minutes, here are the highlights.
We have a strong group that is representative of most areas of the Hills from Serpentine-Jarrahdale to Gidgegannup. Members have everything from a recent to a life-long connection to the Hills. The Board's skill set will be diverse, including past leadership of initiatives to oppose inappropriate development, economic development, marketing, social media, property development, small and large business, tourism, slow food, agriculture, food and farm markets, events, sustainability, policy development, trades, local government administration, law and engineering, among others.
Following a brief summary of past activities by the Founding Members the conversation shifted to topics of interest to the new Board. The main topic of discussion was the opportunity to develop a shared approach to growing the lifestyle and tourism economy as the best way to support the Perth Hills agricultural sector, to protect and regenerate the environment and to enhance our many villages and local centres.
The next meeting will be a half-day strategic planning workshop on 3 October to produce a draft strategy and constitution. These documents will be circulated to members prior to the Annual General Meeting, where PHF members will have the opportunity meet and confirm the new Board and comment on the proposed direction and governance approach. The date for the AGM has shifted from 14 October to 3 November to allow time for these steps to occur.