Survey 30/03/2017 by murally Please complete and submit by 15 April 2017. Member survey - DSWAA strategy 2017-2022 1. Our key objectivesIn which of these areas do you think DSWAA should be most active?*Advocating for statutory or voluntary conservation of dry stone wallsConducting field trips for members and the publicConducting walling courses and workshopsRaising public awareness of the value of dry stone wallsRaising Federal, State and Local Government awareness of dry stone wallsNo opinion2. What new projects should the DSWAA take on over the next 5 years?Below are projects we are considering in our 2017-2022 strategic planning. We don't have the resources to do them all so we are asking your opinion on which are most important. We also invite suggestions you may have.Provide consultancy advice on the significance of walls*Not importantImportantHighly importantNo opinionAt our forum in Dec 2016, wall owners present said they needed someone to inspect their dry stone walls and advise them on their significance.Provide consultancy advice on repair & maintenance*Not importantImportantHighly importantNo opinionAs above, this was said to be needed by dry stone wall owners.Develop more partnerships and associations with conservation organisations*Not importantImportantHighly importantNo opinionApply for state and federal grants for dry stone wall-related projects & events*Not importantImportantHighly importantNo opinionA particularly useful project would be an inventory of significant dry stone walls in Australia.Expand our workshops & training program & consider offering certificate courses*Not importantImportantHighly importantNo opinionFor the last few years we have arranged informal dry stone wall construction and repair workshops (~6/year in SA & Vic), often as part of field trips. Through our website, we also help promote workshops run by wallers. Our recent survey demonstrated a greater demand than we cater for and there is no formal accreditation in Australia for dry stone wallers, unlike the UK and parts of the US.DSWAA-branded merchandise*Not importantImportantHighly importantNo opinionWe have postcards on sale but they don't sell well. Should we develop T-shirts, hats or an annual calendar?A ‘Top 20 walls in Australia’ page on the website*Not importantImportantHighly importantNo opinionThis would give website visitors insights into why particular walls are considered by us to be significant due to their age, cultural importance, scale, condition or purpose.Provide information on Australia's dry stone walls to tourism organisations*Not importantImportantHighly importantNo opinionThere are many examples of significant, publicly accessible dry stone walls that are not being promoted by regional tourism operators and perhaps we could encourage greater awareness of their value.Do you have a suggestion to make?3. Rate our performanceHere is what we have done over the last 3 years............. *Conducted field trips in (Vic, SA & Tas) *Conducted a forum on what dry stone wall owners need from the Association. *Organised or supported many workshops & demonstrations in dry stone walling (SA, Vic, NSW). *Held our AGM in Camperdown & Melbourne each June with a guest speaker. *Supported the City of Melton (Vic) in conserving its best dry stone walls. *Published 9 editions of The Flag Stone. *Established a new website and moved most of our communications to online including event booking and membership. *Published 3 editions of DSWAA eNews (2016) and built a subscriber base of 298 people. *Established a Wallers Directory (currently 8 listings). *Increased our membership from about 220 to over 350. *Established an archiving system for the Association's records on Museum Victoria’s collections website. *Conducted a survey of workshop preferences. What do you think the DSWAA does well? What could it do better?Do you have any other comments?4. About youWhat kind of member are you?*Single or family memberProfessional memberCorporate memberWhat is your interest?*Wall ownerProfessional wallerAmateur wallerLandscape designer or gardenerProfessional historian, heritage planner, geologist etc.GeneralFor how long have you been a member?Age groupup to 3030-50over 50Your postcode*Please noteYour answers are confidential and only the aggregated results will be published. Any comments and suggestion you make will be anonymous when forwarded to the Committee for its consideration.