A very informative day was followed by a very enjoyable evening at 2828 last Tuesday. GRAS group had their March planning meeting which was a workshop focused heavily on weeds resistance/weeds management and what Western Australian farmers have been dealing with for 10 to 15 years, and what we here in the East will or already will be dealing with. The day was put on by John Cameron from ICAN and GRDC, NSW DPI, AHRI and Weeds Smart. A very well organised day but a very relaxed format and growers left there with eyes wide open. Thanks to 2828 who looked after our guests from W.A from 7.30 am and put on a delicious morning tea and lunch for all those who attended.
We all shared a few quiet drinks in the courtyard and then guests arrived for our GRAS dinner. There were 70 people in attendance and great to see some new faces at 2828 both the young and the more senior. GRAS was lucky enough to have another Wallaby visit us, Tim Gavin a former Australian rugby representative came as our guest speaker. Not many knew he was born in Gilgandra so we decided we would claim him as our own. He gave the guests a great talk about growing up and his rep career and all the ups and very funny downs that go with it. A beautiful meal was prepared by the volunteers at 2828 once again and apologies to the crew as we all stayed a little too long. But as one of the W.A guests said to me it was the most relaxed and friendly place he had been in since leaving home and the night just slipped away. So a big thank you to the volunteers: Donna & Greg Patrick, Lee Hamilton, Stewart Herring, Paul & Annette Fisher, Greg O’Brien, Stephen & Tracey Rae for an very enjoyable evening and delicious meal. Looking forward to our next GRAS event at 2828. Hugh Beveridge