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29 June 2015
Message to all members of Skate Australia from the Skate Australia Board
The Skate Australia Board was advised by the CEO of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) at the end of May that the ASC will not be providing any funding to Skate Australia from 1 July 2015. This is a direct result of the ASC’s recalculation of participating funding to sports coupled with the financial issues Skate Australia has experienced.
The Board deeply regrets this situation and is disappointed that despite our best efforts this has occurred. We have appealed the decision of the ASC but have not been successful in changing the outcome. We have however secured the ongoing operational support of the ASC and been given an undertaking by the ASC that we will be eligible for project funding in the future.
The Board has advised the Branch Chairs of Inline Hockey, Artistic and Speed, the State Presidents and their executive and the Skate Australia staff. We thank them all for their support and understanding.
The CEO of Skate Australia finished in his position on 8 June 2015. We have been working on getting an accurate picture of the financial situation and available options and hence we were previously unable to make a public statement.
Skate Australia relies on ASC funding to operate the office. Given the sudden nature of the ASC decision, we did not have the opportunity to revise our operating model or funding sources and as such the Board gave notice to all Skate Australia Office staff. Martin and Greg finished on June 16, Cass on June 19 and Julie and Jackie will finish on June 30. We thank them all for their work and help during the handover to the Board.
Board members have already taken on volunteer roles in the place of paid staff and appreciate the offer of help of other members.
The Board is seeking volunteers for the following roles to keep a very lean Skate Australia operating.
As we move to member operations, please be patient as we are all volunteers. To help streamline day to day operations, please consider the following.
- SAVI, SAVS and ASVI will be your first point of contact for all enquiries
- NT, ACT and Tasmania Clubs please contact your main club administrator
We want to highlight two key issues:
1. Insurance of members to December 2015
When Skate Australia negotiates bulk purchase for insurance before the start of each membership year, membership numbers and classes based on the previous year are provided to the insurer. To secure insurance at the bulk purchase price by January, Skate Australia must pay the full annual premium, approximately $200,000 in advance. This occurs before any members join and before any membership funds are collected, meaning that Skate Australia takes out a loan to pay for all insurance upfront and then makes monthly repayments including interest on the loan.
To repay the loan, Skate Australia is seeking a financial contribution from Branches and State Associations to meet the monthly repayments from July to December 2015. All have already agreed. Every state association is acutely aware of this situation and we are working very closely with all executive groups to ensure all members are covered through to December 2015
2. National Sporting Organisation status
Skate Australia is still recognised by the Australian Sports Commission as the only National Sporting Organisation (NSO) for all Skate disciplines.
It is important that Skate Australia continues as the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) for all skate disciplines. The ASC has confirmed NSO status for Skate Australia through to 2018 so long as Skate Australia continues to operate.
The Skate Australia Board is determined to work through all options to keep Skate Australia operating. We believe this is in the best interests of skating and all members, however we understand that some members may not share this view and we offer you the opportunity to voice your opinion and suggest alternatives.
The Board members are committed to Skate Australia and most, if not all, Board members will stand for election and Skate Australia council members will have the opportunity to decide who they want on the Board to take Skate Australia forward. We urge any member who can help steer Skate Australia forward to consider applying for a Board position.
Please remember Skate Australia is moving to members operating the business with no paid staff and spreading the load among Branches and States, so we are encouraging people to be patient with their requests. We will provide you an update as soon as possible.
To help ensure we can respond to all enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Skate Australia Board
President Dr Patricia Wallace
Treasurer Danae Clark
Director Vivian Thelander
Director Karen Doyle
Director Luke Ritchie
Roller Derby set for the 15th Australian Masters Games in Adelaide
Entries are now open for the 15th Australian Masters Games to be held in Adelaide this October.
The Games are a great excuse for a week away with friends, whilst enjoying the sport you love and a busy Games social program. Apart from meeting the minimum age requirement, in most sports there is no qualifying standard, so players of all levels and abilities are welcome.
New in 2015, the Airbnb Games Village will be hosted indoors in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD at the world-class Adelaide Convention Centre. The village will feature great food, drinks and nightly entertainment.
Stay tuned for further announcements, including the release of the exciting social program.
You can enter now by visiting www.AustralianMastersGames.com.
By entering now during the Gold Entry window (closes Friday 1 May) you will receive a reduced Games entry fee of $99* and become a Gold Participant which entitles you to:
·A special edition Games label pin
·Distinct gold accreditation
Monday 5 – Wednesday 7 October 2015
Nazareth Stadium, 1 Hartley Road, Flinders Park
Women and Open: 30+
NOTICE OF 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
Notice is hereby given that the 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Skate Australia Incorporated
will be held on
Date 14 March 2015
Time 2.00 pm
Venue Sports House, Milton, Brisbane
The AGM will be held under the rules of the Incorporated Association Registered in Queensland October 2011
As Skate Australia will transition to a Company Limited by Guarantee immediately after the AGM, Notices of Motion
should relate to the Company Limited by Guarantee Constitution passed by the 2013 Skate Australia AGM on 19
NOTICES OF MOTION
Should any councillor desire to have any matter included in the Agenda of the AGM, in accordance with
Skate Australia’s Constitution, that councillor shall give written notice thereof to the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) no later than 4.00pm (QLD TIME) Thursday 29 January 2015.
NOMINATIONS BOARD MEMBERS
Nominations for election of members to the Board must be submitted to the CEO on the prescribed
form (attached) no later than 4.00pm (QLD TIME) Thursday 29 January 2015. The nominator,
seconder and nominee who must all be current Skate Australia members must sign the form.
Chief Executive Officer
Skate Australia Incorporated
Please RSVP as room is limited