15th April 2016. WIA Reform Group – Newsletter Number 2

Good morning,

We have been encouraged by the number of you who have contacted us sharing your concerns and supporting our efforts.

It’s been an important week with the elections results in.  Congratulation to Andrew Smith VK6AS, Paul Simmonds VK5PAS and Phil Wait VK2ASD.  At least we have some opportunity for positive influence with the new board.  But more work is required.

As advised last week, we have sent further letters to the editor of Amateur Radio magazine.  Unfortunately, the magazine editor decided not to publish our letters.  But you can read them on our website.

We won’t repeat the content here other than to say the Board’s responses to Chris Chapman’s letter in the April edition of Amateur Radio magazine were severely lacking.  Read the letters on our website and contact the office or the Board if you too want proper answers.

We hope that those of you who are members of affiliated clubs were not too inconvenienced by the appallingly inadequate manner in which the Public Liability Insurance renewals were handled.   We were able to get an alert notification and advice to the clubs on Monday.  Hopefully the issues have been resolved and the Board and National Office will not allow a repeat of this debacle next year.  Some very simple project planning and communication from the National Office would have gone a long way to averting the problem.

On a more positive note we’re also reviewing a number of opportunities to put proposals forward to improve our WIA.  Some of these proposals will address service related issues (like contacting the office and getting a response in a consistent manner) through to significant cost saving opportunities.

The next major milestone will be the release of the 2016 Annual Report and Financial Statements.  They need to be released to members within about two weeks.   We will be reviewing these documents closely and we encourage you to do the same.

We continue to campaign to make every Australian Radio Amateur aware of the issues and asking them to get involved.

As we said last week, it’s a big job and not something the three of us can do alone.  Please spread the word.  Forward this email to your local club and friends.  Contact the National Office and Board Members calling for positive action.

In closing, we would like to congratulate Ron, VK2DQ and the Radio Electronic School (http://www.res.net.au/) on their new Foundation Licence apps for Android and Apple mobile phones – more details at http://www.wia.org.au/licenses/foundation/mobileapp/index.php

Stay up-to-date with news and progress; – visit  www.wiarg.org .

And, please continue to email us with your feedback and ideas.

Until next week,


G.C. Dunstan VK4DU,  C. Chapman VK3QB,  R. Dollar VK8RD

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