Ex­cit­ing new events for Lard­ner Park

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

An­drew Schreyer has been re-ap­pointed for a sec­ond term as chair­man of Lard­ner Park.

Pre­sent­ing his re­port to the re­cent an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, Mr Schreyer said it had been an hon­our to be chair­man for the past 12 months.

He said the aim over the past year was to con­sol­i­date the busi­ness while also seek­ing out new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Mr Schreyer said chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ni­cola Pero had led the charge in seek­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties and some ex­cit­ing new events were be­ing worked on.

Mr Schreyer said Lard­ner Park con­tin­ued to foster its com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion and en­gage­ment.

Har­vest Fest, a part­ner­ship be­tween Lard­ner Park and McPher­son Me­dia is a new event that will be held at Lard­ner Park from 9-11 Novem­ber this year.

He said the event promised to be a farm­ing and life­style event with the pil­lars of “grow, make, eat and live.”

“These pil­lars will be brought to life through hands-on ex­pe­ri­ences, ex­cit­ing re­tail op­por­tu­ni­ties, en­ter­tain­ment and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

The an­nual gen­eral meet­ing saw two new mem­bers join the com­mit­tee in­clud­ing Jenny Muir and Joe Brady while An­gela Betheras and Dar­ren Hotchkin were farewelled from the board.

Re­tir­ing di­rec­tors in­clude Rob­bie Rad­ford (past chair­man – 18 con­sec­u­tive years as a di­rec­tor), Corey McMa­hon (eight years as a di­rec­tor over two pe­ri­ods) and Brian Hop­kins (past chair­man - 16 years as a di­rec­tor over var­i­ous pe­ri­ods).

John Rogers was awarded an hon­orary life mem­ber­ship for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to Lard­ner Park. He was a com­mit­tee mem­ber for 52 years.

Al­though im­pacted by two days of wet au­tumn weather, Mr Schreyer said Farm World 2018 was highly suc­cess­ful with fine weather on Thurs­day and Fri­day at­tract­ing huge crowds.

De­spite two days of poor weather on the week­end of Farm World, he said it was amaz­ing to see the num­bers of ded­i­cated peo­ple who still at­tended the event on the week­end. On­line pre-pur­chased ticket sales were in­tro­duced last year and con­tin­ued to grow this year.

Mr Schreyer ac­knowl­edged the sup­port of deputy chair­man Ian Bay­ley, board and com­mit­tee mem­bers and the team at Lard­ner Park. He said the next 12 months would be an ex­cit­ing time for Lard­ner Park.

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