Life Membership awards were presented to Peter Mitchell and Barbara Moss at the 2013 AGM for their selfless hard work to the causes of BEAM, and to the betterment (and times just holding on to) our natural, social, energy and community-supportive environments in Mitchell Shire and beyond. WE acknowledge your great work.
Peter and Barbara have been members of BEAM since they arrived in the area in 2002. They first met up with BEAM at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo in February of that year, where they were lucky enough to win a copy of the GV Reveg Guide after winning a bird id quiz held by BEAM.
Peter joined the Committee at the AGM in 2002. One or both have been on the committee since then. Peter was a committee member over 2002-2006 and 2011-2013. Barbara was Treasurer in 2006-7, Secretary in 2007-8, and returned as Treasurer over 2011-13. She has been elected as Secretary for 2013-14.
They have organised events such as the 2006 Batting for Diversity at Mount Piper (which led to the establishment of Friends of Mount Piper in which both have acted as convenors), the 2008 bus trip to launch the updated Natural Treasures brochure, and the 2012 Butterfly Day at Mount Piper.
Peter organised a launch of the Piper Biolink – Mitchell at the Crossroads – in November 2008 but the 2009 bushfires slowed the progress of this initiative. He assisted with writing the BEAM submission to the 2009 Bushfires Royal Commission and then represented BEAM at the hearings. He also organised the lobbying that led to the purchase of the High Camp (Black Range) property by Trust for Nature in 2012.
Both have helped set up and participate in displays at the Seymour and Kilmore agricultural shows since 2003. They have led spotlight and wildflower walks at various localities in the Shire, and have given talks to many local community groups. Both are involved in the Broadford Land Management Group that looks after local reserves including the Colin Officer Flora Reserve where BEAM has had a long involvement. Peter has worked closely with Landcare over the past 10 years and has been a member of the Shire Environment Advisory Committee for the past four years.