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President’s Report February 2017

1. A Busy Year Ahead

We are looking forward some great events this year, they include White Night on Saturday 4 March, the Ballarat Heritage Month of May and the International Foto Biennale in August/September. As well, following the wonderful work with the Max Harris Photographic Collection that Amy Tsilemanis commenced in 2016, we are planning to extend our Library offerings by adding a ‘Treasurers of Ballarat’ section of publications and photographs about Ballarat and its history. Located in the area between the Library desk and Board Room, we have a section for the use of BMI members that includes both the latest Ballarat publications available for sale and a collection for reading and reference. Rex Bridges, Rosemary McInerney and myself along with Library Committee members are working on this project. Any donations to the BMI of books/photographs would be appreciated. See Rex or Rosemary for details.

2. Twilight Talks

This year’s talks commence on Friday 17 February in the Humffray Room with a talk based on Sovereign Hill’s history. As in past years, members ($6) and visitors ($10) are able to arrive from 5pm. The talks commence at 5.30pm and usually take approximately 40 to 45 minutes including questions. Once again we have a very strong program of speakers and details are available here. The talks are a strong feature of the BMI and I urge all members to consider attending and also encouraging their friends to come. This year Dr Joan Hunt is coordinating the talks.   

3. Planning Day –  Sunday 19 February 2017

Previously this Strategic Planning Day was advertised for 12 February but we have changed it to the following Sunday 19 February. Our BMI Board Planning Group is Wendy Graham (Chair), Dr Jessie Harman and Mike Stephens.

4. Basement Closure

Unfortunately due to safety issues our basement is still closed to general access. The Building Committee is undertaking investigations and has employed a mining engineer for advice about water related issues. We will keep members informed about progress in this area.

All the best for 2017

Phil Roberts