The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades WA Inc (AVBFB) hereby provides formal notice of its 2019 Annual General Meeting and election of State Committee members.

All Bush Fire Brigade members welcome. Please share and distribute.

Date: Saturday 7 September 2019

Time: 4pm sharp

Location: Meeting rooms 1-3, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth

Agenda

  1. Members present, Apologies and Proxies (see note 1 below)
  2. Presentation of the Board’s Annual Report of the association’s activities during the preceding financial year
  3. Presentation of the Association’s financial statements and Auditor’s report
  4. Election and declaration of State Committee Zone Representatives (see note 4 below)
  5. Confirmation or variance of membership fees (see note 5 below)

Note 1 – Proxies

  • If your Brigade is unable to be represented in person, you may choose to give your vote to a proxy.
  • If you would like to appoint a proxy, please email eo@avbfb.org.au before 5pm Friday 6 September 2019 and include your name, Brigade name, Brigade role and the name of the person your Brigade would like to appoint as your proxy at the AGM.
  • You may choose to delegate your proxy to any specific member or a general member of the Committee, including a Zone Representative, the President, Vice President or Secretary.

Note 4 – Election and declaration of Zone Representatives

  • Nominations for vacant Zone Representative positions are currently open and must be received before 5pm Friday 6 September 2019.
  • The nomination form and general background information about the role is here.
  • The rules of Association state that each zone shall have two (2) votes on the State Committee but may be represented by more than two zone representatives (if, for example, the size and/or membership population of a zone is too large for two representatives to effectively manage).
  • Zone representatives are elected for 2 year terms, beginning immediately after the AGM (or poll if required)
  • If the number of nominations for a zone are equal to or less than the number of vacancies available, they will be declared elected at the AGM.
  • If a poll is required in any zone, it will be conducted within 34 days of the AGM.
  • Current casual vacancies and positions with a sitting member up for re-election are as follows:

Zone 1 – Pilbara/Kimberley: 2 vacancies

    1. Currently unfilled – two year term
    2. Casual vacancy – one year term

Zone 2 – Midwest/Gascoyne: 1 vacancy

    1. Alison Lloyd is up for re-election – two year term
    2. Dawn Roffey’s term will expire at the 2020 AGM

Zone 3 – Goldfields/Midlands: 2 vacancies

    1. Currently unfilled – two year term
    2. Casual vacancy – one year term

Zone 4 – Metro South: 2 vacancies

    1. Dave Gossage is up for re-election – two year term
    2. Casual vacancy – one year term

Zone 5 – South West: 1 vacancy

    1. Terry Hunter is up for re-election – two year term
    2. Phil Penny’s term will expire at the 2020 AGM

Zone 6 – Lower South West: 1 vacancy

    1. Hugh Browne is up for re-election – two year term
    2. David Inglis’ term will expire at the 2020 AGM

Zone 7 – Upper Great Southern: 2 vacancies

    1. Currently unfilled – two year term
    2. Casual vacancy – one year term

Zone 8 – Lower Great Southern: 3 vacancies

    1. Rob Lynn is up for re-election – two year term
    2. Casual vacancy (one-year term)
    3. Currently vacant (two-year term)
    4. Kingsley Scott’s term will expire at the 2020 AGM

Zone 9 – Metro North: 2 vacancies

    1. Evan Lawrence filled a casual vacancy and is up for re-election – two year term
    2. Casual vacancy – one year term

Youth Representative North of Perth: 1 vacancy (under 25)

    1. New position

 Youth Representative South of Perth: 1 vacancy (under 25)

    1. New position

Note 5 – Confirmation or variance of membership fees

This agenda item is a legally required default item and has not been “moved” or championed by any member or the Committee in any way.

However, for background and consideration:

Members are aware that the AVBFB is working very hard to correct the historical imbalance in government funding to this Association so we can deliver more and better services to WA’s 26,000 Bush Fire Volunteers and respond effectively and efficiently to the many demands of government.

The long-held rationale for a $0 membership fee is that emergency service volunteers give enough to the community without being asked to also pay a membership fee to fund the organisation working to promote, support and represent the essential service they provide. However, a number of senior government officers have recently recommended that rather than continue to pursue equitable grant funding, the Association should fund the work it does by introducing a membership fee.

While the current Committee has no current plan to introduce membership fees and continues to work hard to deliver valuable services to members and government without asking even more of our volunteer members, it is noted that this agenda item may hold greater than usual significance this year.

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