CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Annual General Meeting 2020

Good evening everyone and welcome to the Fleurieu FM AGM for 2020.

2020 has certainly been a difficult year in so many ways. Fortunately my report is for the financial year so we can start way back in July 2019.

It was in July 2019 that, thanks to one of our major sponsors, Solahart, we had solar panels installed in Seaview Road. Financially we have seen ongoing benefits as a result.

Spring of 2019 also saw a very successful show season for Fleurieu FM. We conducted live broadcasts from the Victor Harbor Rock n Roll Festival and one day of Port Elliot Show. We ventured up to Strathalbyn for their show day as well as successfully broadcasting live from Yankalilla Show. We generated almost $450 from the show season last year. Funds gratefully appreciated at the time. More importantly, we raised our public profile across the peninsula.

There is always some concern about an outside broadcast, especially in Strathalbyn and Yankalilla as they are so far from home. Will we get enough support? Will we have technical problems? Will there be anyone listening? As you probably remember, all of our events were incredibly successfully. A huge thank you to everyone involved. Trust me, an outside broadcast is always a fun day for everyone who attends.

Late last year also saw us successfully win a grant for new outside broadcast equipment. A significant grant of $12,000. I’m looking forward to some exciting broadcasts in the future.On the subject of winning, it was about this time last year that Fleurieu FM was successful in winning Best Sponsorship Message from the South Australian Community Broadcast Association. A Bilby Award for Jim Bickers and Mick Turner! Congratulations to you both.

It was late last year that Jim’s technical skills were further recognised, winning the Technical Expertise Award from the Community Broadcast Association. A national prize!

November saw the arrival of Major Sponsor, Egritech / Mrs Clucks. I think we all remember the first time we heard Mrs Clucks on air. Those chickens running everywhere.

Fleurieu FM joined the Goolwa community to see in the New Year with fireworks and an outside broadcast. Our station provided the countdown to midnight and our music was synchronised with the exploding skyrockets!The New Year heralded a new sponsorship drive. Discussions were held and proposals drafted that resulted in welcoming Victor Harbor Council as a Major Sponsor.In January we also held a Strategic Planning Day that looked at the station’s future and revised our Five Year Plan. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Of course, a full day of planning for the future failed to spot the looming virus that was only weeks away. Everyone around the world missed it, so I’m not upset about that outcome of the day.

COVID-19. March 2020 was a very difficult time. We had a significant number of presenters self quarantine and our daily schedule had some large holes. But the Fleurieu FM team jumped into action. Several presenters (Josh, Kirstie) took on extra duties and, as they say, the show must go on and it did!

I am very pleased and proud of the way everyone came together to survive the crisis. We have developed and implemented a COVID-19 Health Plan (thank you Maria). This plan of switching from Studio 1 to Studio 2 on a daily basis will ensure that we can safely continue broadcasting, come what may.

Our relationship with our Federal Member for Mayo, Ms Rebekha Sharkie, further developed during the Pandemic, and provided us with needed financial support. Rebekha has become a Major Sponsor of Fleurieu FM.

Our growing reputation for quality broadcasting across the peninsula saw a number of businesses seek us out. We entered into several sponsorships designed to help our community businesses survive the Pandemic.
I’m very pleased to say that something discussed this time last year at the AGM, the Strathalbyn Tower Project, has been completed. It was an awesome project and huge thanks to Allan.

Over the year, in fact over several years, Fleurieu FM has been very fortunate with a number of grant applications. Grant bodies such as the Community Broadcast Foundation have provided vital financial support and I would like to acknowledge their ongoing assistance.
The bottom line result for Fleurieu FM, at a time when others are struggling, has been proof that we are serving our community and I appreciate the professionalism of all our presenters.

This report ends at June 30, 2020, however there is more to say.
Looking forward, the economy is in recession. Times will be tough.
We need to continuously improve. I’m calling on all presenters to strive to make each show better than the one before.

Together we have had a successful year. Together we will have an even better year 2021.

Thank you.

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