The Shire of Kulin has changed the terms of its agreement with the Kulin Herbarium after the group’s use of the old shire administration building was deemed “excessive”. Operating out of the former shire office, the Kulin Herbarium maintains a herbarium of local flora and sets up monthly displays. According to the Shire’s June council minutes, the original 2016 agreement was made in the belief that the herbarium was a local group with local members. “Historically, shire staff and council have been of the understanding that the Kulin Herbarium was a locally co-ordinated activity by local community members,” an officer report said. “The premises were essentially provided to allow such local community members with a community facility for which to engage their passion and hobby for the environment. “Council has recently received correspondence from the President of the Wildflower Society of WA ... which is somewhat contradictory to council’s understanding.” After a meeting between Shire CEO Garrick Yandle and then-president of Kulin Herbarium, Robin Campbell, it was also found that the group’s daily use of the building was “excessive”. “It appears the room is being used seven days a week and often outside of normal 9-5 business hours,” Mr Yandle said in an email to Ms Campbell in April. “This is excessive for a community group and non-fee paying tenant.” At a recent meeting, councillors voted to update the lease agreement for the old shire building. Kulin Herbarium will now be allowed to occupy the rooms from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays.