About 40 of our approximately 400 members bravely turned out on a wet and wild afternoon on Saturday 8 April to attend the 2017 AIDA AGM.
We were pleased to welcome to the meeting our two Anglesea ward councillors, Margot Smith and Libby Coker, and the shire’s CEO Keith Baillie. The mayor, Brian McKiterick, and Cr Clive Goldsworthy, whose Lorne ward includes Moggs Creek and Eastern View, were apologies. Margot and Libby spoke briefly about current local issues while Keith spoke about the shire’s four-year Strategic Plan and the difficulties of balancing priorities when everything is a priority. He encouraged community input to help shape the plan for 2017–21 using the online survey.
Charlotte Allen presented her President’s Report focusing on the year’s main concern: the Painkalac Valley. The financial report was accepted. All members of the previous committee renominated and were re-elected. Nominations were also received from Greg Day and Adam Rudy and were accepted by members. The committee warmly welcomes Greg and Adam and looks forward to working with them. Click the following links for the meeting papers (Agenda, President’s Report, AIDA 2016 Financial Statement and Minutes).
The AGM was followed by stimulating talks by two long-time residents of Aireys Inlet, Greg Day and Jane Grant, who gave fascinating and very moving accounts of their personal and emotional connections to our area. Greg, a local writer and musician, spoke about connection to place and how he came to be teaching the Wadawurrung language at the primary school. He performed a musical item that he sings in language with the students. Jane, a past president and secretary of AIDA, spoke about her family’s connection to Aireys and the Painkalac Valley as well as their experience of the Ash Wednesday fires. People stayed on for light refreshments and the opportunity to talk to the committee and other members.
The 2016 AIDA AGM was held on Saturday 9th April at 3.30 pm at the Aireys Inlet Community Hall with 55 members in attendance
We were pleased to welcome our Ward Councillor Margot Smith and the shire’s CEO Keith Baillie to the meeting. Mayor Rose Hodge and Cr Libby Coker sent apologies.
Keith Baillie gave a very informative talk on a range of items on which the council is currently working, including how to identify and assist vulnerable people in communities such as Aireys Inlet. He also spoke briefly about issues such as the Fairhaven underpass and the Bottom Shops pedestrian crossing. His talk was followed by questions from the floor.
The President’s Report and some information about community interest in purchasing the Painkalac Valley land followed.
The Treasurer’s report was presented and accepted unanimously and then nominees to the 2016/17 AIDA Committee were elected unopposed. Click the following links for the meeting papers (Agenda, President’s 2015/16 Report, AIDA 2015 Financial Statement and Minutes).
An excellent and informative forum about the management of the Painkalac Creek, its estuary and water flows followed the AGM.
2015 AGM and Celebration of AIDA’s 50th Anniversary
The 2015 AIDA AGM was held on Saturday 11th April at the Aireys Inlet Community Hall. The 45 members in attendance heard presentations from the new Surf Coast Shire CEO Keith Baillie and from Mayor Margot Smith and local councillor Libby Coker. The President’s and Treasurer’s reports were presented and accepted unanimously and then nominees to the 2015/16 AIDA Committee were elected unopposed. Click the following links for the meeting papers (Agenda, President’s 2014/15 Report, AGM Financial Statement 31-12-2014 and Minutes).
The AGM was followed by a wonderful display of “then and now” photographs of our district as well as an illustrated time line of AIDA’s activities and achievements over the past 50 years.
The 2014 AIDA AGM was held on Sunday 20th April at the Aireys Inlet Community Hall. The ~50 members present heard presentations from local Surf Coast Shire councillors Libby Coker and Margot Smith, received the President’s and Treasurer’s reports and elected the 2014/15 AIDA Committee. Click the following links for the meeting papers ( Agenda, President’s 2013 Report, Notice of Special Resolution of Proposed AIDA New Rules, Treasurer’s Report to 31-12-2013 and Minutes). Following the AGM a Community Forum was held, chaired by former shire councillor and mayor Libby Mears and with speakers from the Fairhaven Life Saving Club (Paul Shannon), the Tourism & Traders Association (David and Anne Dansick) and the Community Garden (Terrence Hoffman). Light refreshments were served by AIDA at the conclusion of the Forum, which was judged to be a great success worthy of repeating at next year’s AGM with speakers from other local community groups.
A major item at the 2014 AGM was the adoption of new Rules to replace AIDA’s existing constitution.
In 2012 state parliament passed the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012, replacing the Act of 1981. The government has proposed new model rules conforming with the Act. These govern the operational and financial provisions to be followed by not-for-profit associations like AIDA, and are designed to ensure proper accountabilities and to protect the rights of members.
The AIDA committee recommended to the members that we adopt the new model rules in their entirety, except that ‘members’ would be added to the list of those to whom the committee may delegate responsibilities. This addition is designed to give future committees greater flexibility.
The motion “that the Aireys Inlet and District Association adopt new rules under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012, in accordance with the Model Rules provided by the Government – with the discretionary text required in Model Rules 1, 2, and 3 and a proposed change to Model Rule 43 as highlighted in the document circulated at the meeting” was passed unanimously.
Our new rules do not significantly affect the way AIDA now operates. We are able to retain our policy of each family or household membership carrying two votes at an AGM. There are more detailed provisions for the process of becoming and remaining a member: membership lapses if dues are not paid for one year. If needed, there are clear procedures mandated for special general meetings, removal of membership, and so on. In addition, the committee may now decide to allow the use of new technologies to enable participation at meetings.
The 2013 AIDA AGM was held on Friday 25th January 2013 in the Aireys Inlet Community Hall. The guest speakers were representatives of the Surf Coast Shire, CEO Stephen Wall and local councillors Libby Coker and Margot Smith. Click the following links for the meeting papers (Agenda, President’s 2012 Report, Treasurer’s Report and Minutes).
President’s Reports for earlier years