The Committee

Ten members, elected at our Annual General Meeting in August 2019, form the Committee of Management of the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens:

Committee Office-bearers:

President: Allison Martland
Vice President: Judy Lavery
Vice-President: Libby Hogg
Secretary: Kate Kirkhope
Treasurer: Jane Laidlaw

Committee Members:

Tilly Brunton
Jan Cheyne
Denise Feldman
Peggy Muntz
Barrie Satchell

The Committee of Management works for the good governance of the Friends of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and sees its chief task as supporting the work of our members to benefit the Gardens. The Committee offers activities and events including: the Geelong School of Botanical Art, Through the Garden Gates tour, the evening Talks Program, Tours and Winter Luncheon.  It also manages staffing and administration and works in partnership with the City and the Gardens.  The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens Incorporated is the Trustee for the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens Gift Fund.

Annual General Meeting, August 26 2019
Nearly forty members attended the Friends’ 2019 Annual General Meeting to receive the Annual Report, Financial Reports and to confer Honorary Life Memberships. Sincere thanks were given to out-going Committee members Anthea Williams, Ro Richards and Glenda Guest for so generously contributing to the management of Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens. A presentation of flowers was made, particularly acknowledging Anthea’s seven years on Committee.

Honorary Life Membership was conferred on two very worthy members who have volunteered with the Friends since 1998. It is with appreciation that  Pauline Lynch [Perennial Border] and Margaret Ward [Teahouse and Heritage Rose Garden] were honoured for their dedication, supporting the Friends and Geelong Botanic Gardens for 21 years. Posthumous Honorary Membership was conferred on Gwwelda Owen, for her many years of volunteering in the Friends Nursery and two final years on Committee. Her daughter, Penny, was proud to receive Gwwelda’s certificate on her behalf and spoke movingly about the impact that volunteering can have on people’s lives.

The evening commenced with a wonderful supper and concluded with a talk by Heath Chasemore, Manager City Parks and Gardens at the City of Greater Geelong. Heath gave members an insight into the scope of the Parks and Gardens portfolio, as well as the Geelong Botanic Gardens Strategic Plan. It was interesting to hear of the long-term vision for the Gardens and planned projects that are being progressively achieved.

Many thanks to Heath and our members for participating in this important event. Heath also chaired the Committee elections. 

President's Annual Report 2019

Treasurer's Report 2019 



FGBG Patron

Late in 2013, we introduced our new Patron, Dr Philip Moors, AO.  Philip has a long association with the GBG and the Geelong Friends and has retired from his position as Director and Chief Executive, RBG Melbourne.  We greatly appreciate the advice and assistance which Philip gave us with our planning as hosts of the 2016 AAFBG Conference and are delighted that Philip could be MC for several of the conference sessions.

Rules and Purposes

Following the 2013 AGM, confirmation was received from the Registrar of Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) that our new Rules and Purposes have been approved, without alteration.  

At the 2014 AGM, the Committee proposed some further alterations and the Friends voted to broaden the scope of our Purposes and Rules and our Gift Fund Trust Deed to include Eastern Park.  This change recognises the City Fathers’ original intention that the Botanic Gardens occupy the entire 200 acre site, part of which is now Eastern Park. These changes have received ratification from Consumer Affairs Victoria and the Australian Taxation Office.

see FGBG Rules and Purposes 2013 with Amendments 2014

FGBG Members' Handbook

The FGBG Members' Handbook is for all our members, and is written for Friends enjoying the Gardens and working together.  It has three messages:  

  • The first is to welcome new members into our company.
  • The next is to outline the history of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and provide some information about the roles of the City of Greater Geelong at the GBG, and those of the Friends.
  • Lastly, the longer section on volunteers' induction, deals with the way we must operate while at work in the Gardens, finishing with a pro forma (available at the FGBG office) that all volunteers sign in order to comply with CoGG requirements.

We hope you find it helpful, and welcome your responses.  Like our Website, the Handbook will always be a work in progress, as we grow and change.
View or download the FBGB Members' Handbook here (pdf).

Other Organisational Documents

The Committee has developed Policies to assist in the management of the organisation, for the mutual benefit of our members and our staff.  Members can access these policies at the office and current policies include:

  • Professional Development Policy
  • Leave of Absence Policy
  • Refund Policy
  • Gifts and Reimbursement Policy
  • Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention Policy

The Friends, in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong, also observe the City's policies and procedures in volunteer workplace matters such as:

  • FGBG Hands on Horticulture Activity Standard Operating Procedure

November 2018