Falklands : Falkland Landholdings Board Meeting Report (18/05/06)
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 22.05.2006 (Article Archived on 05.06.2006)
Find out what happened during this important Board meeting.
FALKLANDS LANDHOLDINGS BOARD MEETING: THURSDAY, 18 MAY 2006
By J. Brock (FINN)
A meeting of the Falklands Landholdings Board met on Thursday, 18 May 2006. Present were Cllr. Ian Hansen (Chair), Cllr. Mike Rendell, Miss Bernadette Lang, Ms. Jeannie Mortman, Mr. Owen Summers, Mr. Chris Simpkins, Mr. Neil Judd, Mrs. Donna Minnell, Mr. Mike Evans, and Mr. Ben Berntsen.
Before confirmation of the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 08 March 2006 was signed, Miss Lang said that she had signed copies of her report from the Auditors.
One item arising from those minutes was concern that 1200 ewes were taken from FLH stocks even though it was not thought wise. The board was assured that the ewes were not fit or could not breed and were sent to the abattoir so at least FLH got something from them. Ian Hansen agreed with Mr. Berntsen as far as a breakdown in communications was concerned. Chris Simpkins said the matter should have been discussed at the management meeting.
The General Manager’s report was given by Mr. Owen Summers who said that he understands the last shipment of wool could be in the UK early in June and that would bring us back to the levels we had last year at this time.
Ewe insemination was going well with Angus having 764 to present and 3,000 for Walker Creek. All seemed to be going well.
Ben Berntsen was not satisfied with the report and thought it should have more meat on the bones. Cllr Hansen mentioned that it should cover a broader area – more subjects. Mike Evans mentioned that the report should have picked up on the ewes sent to the abattoir.
Mr. Simpkins then welcomed Ms. Jeannie Mortman to the board. She would take over while Bernadette Lang was on maternity leave.
In the financial report, Miss. Lang mentioned that Income was more than forecast with the cash advance expected for the wool that will arrive early in the UK. This will reflect on next year’s report because the money will arrive before the end of this financial year.
Increased oil and gas prices have hit the business badly and Mr. Simpkins mentioned it had a negative affect on the recovery plan. Cllr. Hansen mentioned that the problem was Islands-wide and that FLH did ot stand alone with high fuel prices affecting business.
Miss lang concluded that there was no money for new vehicles and that cash was spent on maintaining the old ones.
The public session ended without a proposed date for the next meeting, which will be announced in due course.