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NoGi    1,343
NoGi

So who's interested? I've started to do some backend stuff for this if we can get it off the ground.

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Pickle N Cheese    0
Pickle N Cheese

sounds like a good idea

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kizshrimp    252
kizshrimp

Way to go, do it guys!!

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fishmosy    983
fishmosy

Brisbane is the closest capital city to me. I'm interested. 

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Dpartyboy    0
Dpartyboy

Hi NoGi I an keen to help in any way I can.

 

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buck    384
buck

if im not working when the meetings are planed im keen as!

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NoGi    1,343
NoGi

I'll have some time this coming week to look into this. If you have ideas on locations, etc... let me know.

I'm thinking August for our first meeting? 

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ura    14
ura

Depending on how many are expected, local libraries have meeting rooms. Let me know. I could give an informal seminar on the taxonomy and ecology of atyids. Hopefully, I will have my electronic microscope by then for some hands on stuff.

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jc12    230
jc12

Good stuff. Would be keen if schedule permits. :-)

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NoGi    1,343
NoGi

OK so after chatting to a few experienced people in this area it seems like we need to have informal catchups with like minded individuals initially and go from there. Kind of like our old SKF BBQs,

This is because, if we want to do it like a formal club, a number of things are needed like incorporating, public liability insurance, governance, auditing etc... Which can still happen down the track if we get the momentum. 

In the meantime, I am proposing a brisbane shrimp keepers BBQ catch-up at a park where we can still chat about the same sort of stuff that gets discussed in a club but in a less formal manner. No formal club also means not worrying about raising funds etc... to get started, hall costs and so on.

Once we have the numbers, it shouldn't be too difficult to take it to the next step which would be to incorporate, vote in a board and whatever else is needed. I just don't think we at that maturity here in brissie yet.

Facebook site for brisbane peeps: https://www.facebook.com/shrimpkeepersclubbrisbane.

Things to do to get it rolling:

  • Get brisbane people to like the page
  • Confirm a date
  • Confirm a location
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buck    384
buck

with the addition of the fb page are we going to open it up to none skf members and let the qld shrimp fb page and QLDAF know about it and open it up to people on there?

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NoGi    1,343
NoGi

with the addition of the fb page are we going to open it up to none skf members and let the qld shrimp fb page and QLDAF know about it and open it up to people on there?

Yes, feel free to tell people about the FB page. The club and SKF are mutually exclusive. It's just easier for me to post about it here rather than the 101 FB groups.

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Kingo

Sounds like a great idea guys. Absolute noob, so not sure what I can offer within a hectic work schedule. 

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