Our “Cattle Club” was established in November 2011 and over time, has contributed significantly to funding our Nurse Manager’s annual salary to the outstanding figure of in excess of $200,000. This invaluable support has been made possible due to the generosity of the Richmond Family who donated the use of their beautiful 200-acre property at Gellibrand. A small but hardworking Committee, plus Volunteers have enabled the Cattle Club, along with our Cattle Club Members who subscribed to support Anam Cara Colac.
In addition, a major environmental project was also undertaken at the Cattle Club’s Gellibrand property in conjunction with the Gellibrand Landcare Group, in order to remove the willows from the river and creek frontages. A large area has been fenced and 50,000 trees have been planted to enhance the property – with enormous assistance from the Gellibrand/Kawarren community.
However, “To everything there is a season … There is a time for everything.” and for various reasons, it is now time to put our Cattle Club into recess.
Our sincere thanks are extended to Beth & Neil Richmond and Colin Richmond for the use of the Gellibrand property and for their enormous support to Anam Cara Colac. To our dedicated Committee: Phil Harris, Andrew Wright, Tim Gore, and advisor Tim Gibson, who ran The Cattle Club for some seven years, we thank you for your extraordinary work, both in caring for the Gellibrand property and for underwriting our Hospice Manager’s salary. Thank you also to Michael Stewart for his generous support plus our loyal cartage contractors and various other contractors. And finally, a sincere thank you to all our Cattle Club Members.
Our cattle are currently being sold and it is the Committees’ recommendation that the Cattle Club Funds be held in Trust with JB Were, Melbourne. To this end $65,000, being the Members’ Funds, will be transferred.