KAS News Update for KAS members and friends – April 2017
Ag Society Events
We are pleased to confirm that there will be a Stockman’s Challenge clinic on Sat 4th November followed by a competition the next day. The clinic will be run by the well-credentialed Tim Chamberlain and David Murphy and David has offered to judge on the Sunday. Some sponsorship has already been organised (thanks so far to the Creswick Pharmacy, Heatherington Park Poll Hereford Stud, Megamerch Ballarat, and Sulky Gully Saddlery). More details will be released closer to the event. Put Sun 5th Nov in your diaries though as the event will be good to watch. Some help will be needed to run the canteen on the Sunday…..
We are also pleased to confirm that Jan Hutchison has agreed to organise the horse classes for the 150th!!! 2017 Kingston Agricultural Show to be held on Sunday 3rd December. As far as we know Gail Ryan will also be able to organise the dairy goat competition. Again, more details will be forthcoming later in the year. This is the 150th show. Although it would have been ideal to have a grand celebration with lots of competitions, activities and entertainment there were not enough people prepared to help make that happen. Last year’s show was a success and so the decision was made to do the same this year, with Jan working on an exciting horse program and sponsorship. The Ag Society has applied for a Hepburn Shire Community Grant for the show and we expect to hear the outcome of that by June.
Non Ag Society Events
On 1st April the Dean-Newlyn Young Farmers hired the showgrounds for their annual Spuds & Stunner + Bucking Bull Night which went off well. The Creswick Adult Riders hired the grounds on Sat 8th April and the National Carriage Driving Club Victoria has booked the grounds for 20th May and 19th August.
Following the success of the Kingston Rodeo in January the showgrounds have been booked for Sat 13th January 2018. Brandon May has just seeded the area that was used for the rodeo arena and the area should recover well over winter and spring.
If you haven’t already, have a look at our great new website set up by Frank Thompson – thanks Frank! We now have the capacity to make changes and put up news which is great. Feedback is welcome. We also have a dedicated email address: email@example.com which is linked at the moment through to Chris Hastings, Secretary.
On the website you’ll find the Ag Society’s Policies: Bio Security Policy, Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct and Health and Safety Policy. Our umbrella organisation, VAS Ltd., has also advised us of a Policy on Bullying which will apply to the show.
Improvements and maintenance
After some delay we heard we were successful in our grant application from Regional Development Victoria to concrete half the Morrish Pavilion. In the meantime, however, the Hepburn Shire Council advised it would only mow the showgrounds once a year. We have declined the RDV grant to save our $ to put towards mowing costs.
The old bar roof has been repaired so it is safe and the canteen flue will be repaired soon.
Membership renewals and AGM
Thanks to the 14 people who have renewed their membership. We had 37 members last year and hope that those who haven’t renewed and those would like to join will do so soon. Membership forms are attached or hard copies can be supplied. We have new categories of membership for young people – check out the website (click on Ag Society/Becoming a member)! Membership is still $15 per annum and payment can be made by direct credit – see details on the attached application forms.
The AGM will be before the end of July (in line with Consumer Affairs Victoria requirements). A notice will be out by the end of May.
Chris Hastings, Secretary on behalf of the Kingston Agricultural Society committee