First of all, let me thank Murray Jewell most sincerely for standing in for me as President while I was away in the Solomon Islands doing work for Rotary in October. For anyone interested in tanks and toilets, I’m your man! But Murray did a great job in keeping the Glebe Society pot on the boil.

My next happy task is to thank Jeannie Foyle for volunteering to step into Tess Nicholls’s shoes as Treasurer – and to thank Tess for doing such a great job. Jeannie has a hard act to follow, but with the financial records being in such good shape, the transition has been totally seamless. Jeannie was in fact a foundation member of the Society in 1969, though she looks far too young for this to have been possible.

Undoubtedly, the most significant matter this month has been the so-called Bays and Foreshores Experts Summit on 19 and 20 November. The development of this huge site is going to affect all of us and our families for the next 30 years at least, and it is important that the government gets it right by actually listening to the community – the real ‘experts’ when it comes to planning how our future is going to evolve. Please have a look at Lesley Lynch’s report on page 1 of this Bulletin.

Finally, I take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful New Year. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Christmas Cocktail Party on 8 December.