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BHAG 2019 AGM & President’s Report

The 2019 AGM was held on the 24th July 2019 at the Uniting Church Hall Bellingen.

I would like to thank and extend a warm welcome to the members of the 2019/2020 Committee:

Public Officer (retained): Fenella Briscomb
President: Barbara Moore
Vice President: Pauline Murphy
Secretary: Fenella Briscomb
Treasurer: John Conway
Committee Members: Charlotte Blesing, Marlene Howes and Margaret Hooper
Consultant VMO: Doctors Derek & Olivia Bell

This past year’s ‘on ground’ activities continued to demonstrate our communities’ commitment to our local Bellingen Hospital with regular maintenance of the gardens we have created and restored including watering during the very hot and long dry Spring and Summer seasons.  This physical presence at our hospital reminds senior executives and staff that our community remains vigilant and committed. We will never allow them to forget what happened in late 2009 when our community was called to action and saved our very own Bellingen Hospital.

Regular maintenance, expanded services and new capital works are a common occurrence by the health network including the recent survey work to redesign on-site parking, improve the safety for pedestrian access & overall improve the internal road design especially regarding large vehicle access including Emergency Services that will be achieved by removing the existing roundabout adjacent to the main car park.  Some of you may recall that the Roundabout was raised as a hazard in early 2010 however along with many other matters that the community wished to assist the then CE Mr Chris Crawford our offer of assistance fell on deaf ears.  If a critical situation were to occur such as a loss of services or a change in the delivery of core services that one would expect at a local public hospital we would immediately act and confidently call upon our amazing community to rally to the cause.

I would like to make special mention of the loss of two committed members of BHAG Inc. Early this year Shirley Dunne (Shirl the Pearl) passed away after a long illness.  Shirl was on the committee for many years & a volunteer gardener at the hospital from 2010.  In June this year David Wallin suddenly passed away.  David was a foundation member in 2009 & volunteered to create a website & build a membership data base both of which are used today even though they have been tweaked over the years.  Both members will be missed & on behalf of BHAG Inc. I would like to say thank you to them & their contribution.

The Minutes and President’s report of the 2019 AGM are able to be viewed by clicking on the links below.

On behalf of the incoming committee I would like to say ‘Thank You’ to our amazing community for your on-going support.  Your generous donations and acknowledgment of the committee’s work encourages us to continue in what may appear to be a stable and safe situation – though we remain the ever vigilant sceptic. We continue to represent your voice at all levels of Government and at the senior level of management of the Mid North Coast Local Health District and locally at Bellingen Hospital.

Please contact us if you have any concerns about the service or stable future of our Bellingen Hospital as we are your voice – loud and clear.

Yours in ‘SOS Bellingen Hospital’

Barbara Moore (President)

MINUTES OF BHAG AGM 24 July 2019

BHAG 2019 AGM Presidents Report

BHAG 2018 AGM & President’s Report

Wellness Garden – Archimedean Spiral

The 2018 AGM was held on the 25th July 2018 at the Uniting Church Hall Bellingen.

I would like to thank and extend a warm welcome to the members of the 2018/2019 Committee:

Public Officer (retained): Fenella Briscomb
President: Barbara Moore
Vice President: Pauline Murphy
Secretary: Fenella Briscomb
Treasurer: John Conway
Committee Members: Charlotte Blesing, Marlene Howes and Margaret Hooper
Consultant VMO: Doctors Derek & Olivia Bell

This past year’s ‘on ground’ activities continued to demonstrate our communities’ commitment to our local Bellingen Hospital with regular maintenance of the gardens we have created and restored including watering during the very hot and long dry Spring and Summer seasons.  This physical presence at our hospital reminds senior executives and staff that our community remains vigilant and committed. We will never allow them to forget what happened in late 2009 when our community was called to action and saved our very own Bellingen Hospital.

Regular maintenance, expanded services and new capital works are a common occurrence by the health network including the recent installation of solar power (grid connected) that was funded by the NSW State Government. Many of you may recall that Martin Hogan had discussed this matter with Health in 2010 and I can report that he is absolutely delighted to hear this news. We would expect the savings will translate to more funds available for core health services however if a critical situation were to occur such as a loss of services or a change in the delivery of core services that one would expect at a local public hospital we would immediately act and confidently call upon our amazing community to rally to the cause.

The Minutes and President’s report of the 2018 AGM are able to be viewed by clicking on the links below.

On behalf of the incoming committee I would like to say ‘Thank You’ to our amazing community for your on-going support.  Your generous donations and acknowledgment of the committee’s work encourages us to continue in what may appear to be a stable and safe situation – though we remain the ever vigilant sceptic. We continue to represent your voice at all levels of Government and at the senior level of management of the Mid North Coast Local Health District and locally at Bellingen Hospital.

Please contact us if you have any concerns about the service or stable future of our Bellingen Hospital as we are your voice – loud and clear.

Yours in ‘SOS Bellingen Hospital’

Barbara Moore (President)

MINUTES OF BHAG AGM 25 July 2018

2018 Presidents Report

Wellness Garden survives the heat

On 01 March, the Bellingen Courier-Sun published our good news story …

The hard work of our gardening volunteers paid off, and the Patient Wellness Garden survived water restrictions and multiple heatwaves.  And this year, the Volunteer Appreciation Day Morning Tea is to be held in the garden. It’s great to see the garden being used and appreciated.

Wellness Garden survives the heat

 

The Patient Wellness Garden

On Wednesday 15th June 2016, twelve months of hard work by the BHAG Volunteer Gardeners was recognised at the official opening ceremony of the Patient Wellness Garden.

Patient Wellness Garden plaque

Patient Wellness Garden plaque

The ceremony was attended by MNCLHD senior management, Bellingen Council, the Lions Club, members of the Gumbaynggirr community, BHAG Volunteer Gardeners, the Pink Ladies Auxiliary, the Foster Family, hospital staff and numerous other community organisations and individuals who had all played a part in bringing the PWG project to its successful conclusion.

You can read the full story and see more photos by following this link to the BHAG Volunteer Gardeners website:   Patient Wellness Garden Opening Ceremony

 

Letter from Bellingen Shire Council …

In January, Bellingen Shire Council wrote to BHAG commending us on our exemplary delivery of the Environmental Levy Community Fund Project – the Patient Wellness Garden at Bellingen Hospital.  We were thrilled to receive this letter, and heard on the grapevine that ours  was the best documented community project ever!

BHAG Update

BBQ to thank the Gardening Volunteers

BBQ to thank the Gardening Volunteers

Your BHAG committee continues to meet monthly whilst keeping a watchful eye on all matters at Bellingen Hospital.

  • BHAG’s AGM was held on June 29 2011. Pia Dollmann, the outgoing chairperson, addressed those present,  giving a comprehensive report on BHAG’s work over the last year or so. A new committee  of 7 people was voted in, however we are still looking for a chairperson.  The position is not onerous with the challenges of 12 months ago behind us.  If you would like to join our committee please contact Barb Moore (vice chairperson) on 66551898.
  • In August the Hospital/Community Bus was given back to the community.  Community Transport took delivery of it on the 12th August.  BHAG received the following statement:  Bethany Simmonds (Manager of Coffs Harbour, Bellingen & Nambucca Community Transport Inc. stated that “Coffs Harbour, Bellingen & Nambucca Community Transport Inc. are delighted to confirm that the 1990 Toyota Coaster Bus, Registration No. ROV803 which was transferred to them from the Mid North Coast Health District will be used in the Bellingen Shire for the communities of Dorrigo, Bellingen, Urunga and surrounds.  We intend to replace the old bus with a newer, larger bus at some stage in the future and this will also be used for the Bellingen Shire community.” This is reassuring to know that this asset will remain in the Shire.
  • The volunteer Gardening Group continues to meet fortnightly.  They have now been working on the hospital gardens for 15 months & are regarded as an essential volunteer group beautifying the gardens & resurrecting many areas that are overgrown with weeds.  Recently a BBQ was held in their honour for work they are doing in the Hartley House area.