23rd May 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 7

Good morning,

Well, the Annual General Meeting is upon us.  The Board has failed to adhere to a number of Corporations Act requirements, as well as their own common practice of announcing the AGM formally in Amateur Radio Magazine.   And to top it off, WIA Director Roger Harrison glibly reported the following in the WIA News Broadcast on 22nd May 2016:

“This has been WIA Director Roger Harrison VK2ZRH for VK1WIA News – look out for me on the bands from Norfolk Island. I’ll be signing VK9NJ – Victor Kilo Number 9 Norfolk Junket”.

Mr. Harrison’s “Norfolk Junket” is set against the backdrop of yet another year of financial loss for our WIA, declining membership numbers (down 5%) and dissatisfaction from members.  Whilst some may consider this an attempt at humour, it is actually indicative of the contempt in which he holds members and his fellow Directors.

It is, without question, an inappropriate and unprofessional statement from a WIA Director.  Not one cent of your $95 should be directed to reimbursing a Director with such a flagrantly arrogant attitude.

Your WIA Board should insist that Mr. Harrison retracts his comment and makes a public apology to WIA members.  Is this the calibre of Director we have managing our WIA and our money?

Little wonder the WIA faces yet another financial loss this year…..

Will 2016 be another year of loss and reduced membership numbers?

Once again, and in summary, this is what the Directors achieved in 2015.

  • Income down almost $6,000
  • Expenses up a staggering $72,000
  • Interest received down $6,700
  • Cash in bank down almost $57,000
  • Reported Loss of $12,680

On a slightly more positive note, it appears the Board have been partially listening to your requests.  For those of you unable or unwilling to spend the required money to travel to Norfolk Island (those who aren’t on a “Norfolk Junket”) the WIA has created a page on their web site inviting members to ask questions.

The planning and publicity of this facility has been severely lacking; being established less than 2 weeks before the AGM and most certainly not announced in the Institute’s official magazine, Amateur Radio.  Not all members will get the opportunity to ask a question, but you will.  Follow this link and ask any questions you may have about the Annual Report.



As many are aware, on the 7th May we launched a survey to investigate what you think about the licence structure here in Australia.  Almost 500 of you have responded.  We will publish the results after the AGM.

Word about the WIA Reform Group continues to spread.  Forward this email to your local club and friends.  Contact the National Office and Board Members calling for positive action.  Email us if you have questions or concerns.

We will have a presence at the AGM and we will be asking questions.  We’ll provide a balanced report of proceedings next week.

Phone the office this week asking for the Annual Report to be posted to you.  03 9729 0400

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

We’ll continue to challenge this Board and demand better results.

Until next week,


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