By Dr Jennifer Pearson

This ozEEnews is packed with positive actions from our Chapters, adding to the national picture of engaging through Active Nature.  We welcome Justine McClymont as the next editor of ozEEnews and thank her sincerely for volunteering to continue our quarterly communication with our members. Thank you to Alison Cooper for all her creative input over the last three years and we look forward to working with you on strategic communication strategies in the future.

The National AGM will be held at the NSW Chapter Conference on Friday 4 October. At this meeting we will ask members to support changes to the constitution. The changes to membership renewal to the date of joining, and not an annual subscription, will enable Chapters to promote membership throughout the year. People can join at any time of the year and will be reminded on that date to renew.

There has been progress on the development of the Sustainability Cross Curriculum Mapping for teachers. This professionally produced document will be available for purchase in the very near future. We look forward to adding other items to assist teachers in implementing Efs as the work comes through from the many grants we have offered for curriculum programs. 

We now have a working group for the Reconciliation Action Plan including Jennifer Pearson, Kate Keary, Sue Price, Viv Pearce, Birut Emit and Ms Sioux Campbell (Maori). At the Chapter Check-in in August it was agreed that we should survey members to ask if they would identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander so that we can reflect our connections to First Nations people. 

We would like to thank Steve Fuller from the SA Chapter for agreeing to work on the Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) status framework with me so that the ruling from the Register of Environmental Organisations (REO) and the Australian Tax Office is clear and workable. As the Chapters/Branches have the same objectives it was agreed that we can use the national DGR to encourage donations for projects/programs.

The SeaWeek committee have been active but for this year the offering is a Schools Activity based on STEM to encourage a national response to the 4th Ocean Literacy “The Ocean made Earth habitable”. The group will continue working on connecting the national marine centres and creating a working plan for 2020. Maybe this will coincide with the AAEE Biennial National Conference in October 2020 in Mandurah?

Jennifer