Friday, December 21, 2012

Chairman’s end of year message

One of the developments that has been really valuable to Australia21 in the last year has been our increased capacity to engage with subscribers, supporters - and critics - of our work.

Feedback on these weekly email updates and through social media has added richness and diversity to the reach we have been able to achieve. We hope to strengthen these connections in the coming year and I encourage you to make your views known to us. We do take notice.

I look back on 2012 as a year of enormous effort by the Directors and staff of Australia21. This effort has enabled us to survive a financially difficult period and to set a firm foundation for the year ahead. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work.

I would also like to thank our patron, Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, for his ongoing interest and support and to acknowledge the continuing assistance of the University of Melbourne, which has been our main corporate sponsor this year.

We have relied heavily also on the generosity of individual donors to fund our projects and operations. This is very much appreciated and I want to emphasise how important these donations, no matter how small, are to us – both for their critical impact on our ability to continue our work and for the encouragement they symbolise.

Finally thank you to all of you, our subscribers, who read what we have to say and stay in touch. Knowing you are there and paying attention makes a huge difference to our efforts. The Directors and staff of Australia21 wish you all a safe and happy festive season.

Paul Barratt, AO
Chairman, Australia21 

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