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Annual Report 2013

Directors’ Report for year 2012/2013

The directors present their report on the company for the financial year ended 30th June 2013.

The names of the directors in office at any time during or since the end of the year are:

Dudley Beresford Leggett

Lydia May Kindred

Adam Dudley Leggett

Susanne Lynette MacAdam

Ricardo Johansson

All directors have been in office since the start of the year to the date of this report.

The Objects for which the Sustainability Research Institute, has been established are:

  • To conduct scientific research and education programs that lead to the adoption of practices and technologies that preserve and enhance bio-diversity and the integrity of Nature’s ecosystems. These programs will promote awareness and the acquisition of knowledge and skills pertinent to instigating and maintaining processes of rehabilitation, preservation and conservation of resources such as land, clean air and water, native flora and fauna and indigenous cultural heritage
  • To benefit both present and future generations by encouraging and undertaking scientific research, development and education that promotes ethical, sustainable, and ecologically sound, use of resources and other human activity undertaken in the pursuit of satisfying human needs;
  • To provide education facilities and services, with emphasis on experiential learning for all ages, to promote widespread awareness of the significance of, and potential for, living practices and resource management that is ecologically sustainable;
  • To implement and demonstrate sustainable living practices and technologies by way of model settlements that provide for day visits and short and long term residential courses, so that students and the general public will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of, and the skills for, sustainable practices and resource management;
  • To provide design and consultancy services and products that assist people to learn about and practice, lifestyles that are ecologically sound and socially and economically sustainable;
  • To pursue the objectives of Sustainabilty Research Institute in such a way as to become financially self-sustaining, e.g. by way of fees for various services provided to a range of client groups;
  • To conduct scientific research, demonstrations and educational programs, for sustainable business practices;
  • To progressively develop a widespread network of sites and facilities, managed by co-operating but autonomous sustainable learning communities that follow common principles and pursue the objectives of Sustainability Research Institute in a variety of ways and situations;
  • To promote worldwide, awareness and understanding of the need and potential for sustainable living practices and resource management, by liaising with governments and relevant bodies around the world for the sharing of relevant information, resources and experiences, and to promote collaboration on joint projects;
  • To participate in the social and economic development of sustainable learning communities in both developed and developing countries by way of relevant cultural and resource exchange programs;
  • To provide food, accommodation and employment in ways that meet the needs of socially, economically and/or mentally disadvantaged people;

The short-term objectives of SRI during 2012/13

  1. To bring together a Project Tea adequately prepared to move on to a suitable parcel of rural land and establish a research and educatin centre.
  2. To explore the opportunities of developing joint ventures with other groups or organisations who have similar intentions regarding sustainable rural settlement and would be compatible with the research and educational objectives of SRI.
  3. To continue with supporting the research project, titled: “Community    Sustainable Weeds out Carbon in Project”, auspiced by the Institution with funding gained early in 2012 from Commonwealth of Australia acting through the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities/Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, (Community Action Grants) and due to be completed in June 2013.

While the above objectives are being pursued,

SRI’s strategy is to achieve the primary objective of establishing the Institute on a suitable rural property as illustrated by the short-term objectives 1. and 2. above, while continuing to carry out research projects and contributing to the growth of public knowledge regarding sustainability.

During this past year negotiations have been ongoing with one of the owners of a property that has been identified as most suitable and it appears probable that a joint venture will be the way forward once ownership issues have been resolved. It is intended that the ownership arrangements will include refinancing arrangements taking advantage of the benefits offered by utilising the Natural Capital Protection Trust.

The Directors of the Institute who served for the entire year are Dudley Beresford Leggett, (Chairman), Lydia May Kindred (Secretary), Adam Dudley Leggett formerly employed by ARUP as their Senior Sustainability Specialist at their Melbourne office, who was appointed a Director of SRI on 19th Nov. 2010. Ricardo Johansson and Susanna MacAdam, Honorary Treasurer since 29-07-2011 also remain as directors.

Dudley Leggett is a graduate of RMIT, in Chemical Engineering. Past experience includes: Operations Supervisor at the ESSO operated Altona Petrochemical Company’s Melbourne plant; Director of SRI since its foundation in 1993; Principal of The International School of Vientiane, LAOS; Project Manager for the NSW Department of Housing; Sustainability Consultant over the past 20 years.

Lydia Kindred has been a Director of SRI since its foundation in 1993; Established and as a Director coordinates, the Rosebank Co-operative Ltd., which operates the Rosebank Shop and Green Frog Café; Coordinated the production of “The Vision” brochure for the Byron Shire; Coordinated an expo. and series of forums for the future of development in the Byron Shire and published “A New Approach to Planning in the Byron Shire – Vision and Politics”.

Adam Leggett has double degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemical Sciences from the University of Melbourne with over 13 years of industry experience and now specialises in the systemic challenges related to the transition of built environments to meet the challenges of sustainable cities and climate change. He leads work with government, industry and universities to implement sustainable development programs, initiatives and strategies at the building, precinct, city and sector scale. He is currently driving the development of a production facility for a patented air conditioning ducting system that will enable significant energy saving across the industry.

Susanna McAdam has an Advanced Diploma in Accounting, with ten years of CPA and fifteen years in employed in accounting positions with a number of companies, including her own. Recently Susanna has focused on Event Management and acquired qualifications in Yoga Instruction and Ayurveda. Susanna has taken up the position of Honorary Treasurer for SRI.

Ricardo Johansson has a background in the area of Jurisdiction of Law and has over many years assisted SRI in the conduct of most of our public events.

There were three directors meetings during the year attended by all directors except Mr. Adam Leggett, who has been contacted by phone and emails.

The liability of each Director is $100

As there are no members of the company other than the Directors, their total liability is currently $ 500.