The DSWAA held its eleventh Annual General Meeting on Saturday 22 August at Camperdown in western Victoria.
A highlight of the day was at the Camperdown showgrounds where a double wall was constructed by eminent dry stone wallers, Camperdown’s Alistair Tune and David Long from Melbourne. The wall, about 10 metres long and 1.2 metres high, will progressively be added to and will become a feature of the showgrounds. Enthusiastic members donned gloves to help build the wall and learn a few tips on wall building from these master craftsmen. Many locals also watched the proceedings and refreshments were provided by the Pastoral and Agricultural Society.
About 40 members attended the Annual General meeting later in the afternoon, with the Annual Report and Financial Statement for the year to May 2015 being presented and adopted. The meeting was followed by a dinner at which the guest speaker was Sera Jane Peters, heritage advisor to the City of Melton. Melton was the first municipality in Australia to conduct a comprehensive survey of its dry stone walls and is now in the process of amending its planning scheme to protect the best of its extensive dry stone walls.