23rd September 2016. Open Letter to WIA Affiliated Clubs

Dear fellow WIA members,

We know many of you share our concerns regarding the board of the WIA and its actions.  The continued mis-management and ongoing failure of the Board to recognise these failings is of major concern to every Australian Radio Amateur, and the affiliated clubs, all of whom by association have a vested interest in the welfare of the WIA.

The issues with our board are not isolated incidents.  What we have are systemic and cultural problems that impact every element of the operation of our WIA.  If you’re uncertain of the issues, take some time to read our newsletters and articles.

In the last few days one VK3 club have issued a formal statement.  If you haven’t already seen it, it may be read here

We are aware that a number of other affiliated clubs are having similar conversations and may well issue their own public notices in the coming weeks.

We encourage you to distribute GGREC’s open letter to your members and, if you haven’t already, get your club and committee to start discussing the issues.

In the interests of balance, we invite you and your members to look at both sides of the debate:




To quote Ian VK3BUF, President of GGREC, in his letter:

 “every club needs to have a position.  It is not acceptable to say that the issues are not in the interest of Amateur Radio.  The management of the WIA goes to the very core of our hobby.”


The WIA is supposed to support the clubs and promote the hobby.  Now is the time for all clubs and hobbyists to stand united and demand change.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and the future is likely to be very difficult indeed if we continue to allow the current Board to function in the current manner.

WIA Directors Andrew Smith and Paul Simmonds have both raised concerns with the board which have been met with aggressive resistance from the other directors; to the extent that Board relations and effectiveness are now in complete disarray.

Board meetings have descended into yelling matches with the entrenched bloc of directors behaving apparently more like disgruntled football spectators than leaders of our hobby.

Our institute is in trouble.  Serious trouble.

In the interests of transparency, some amateurs have raised questions around how much truth there is in the allegations the WIARG have helped raise.  Most reasonable people would agree that even if only half our allegations are true then there are still many serious issues with the WIA board and their management.

Let us be very clear – our allegations are backed by written documentation or email conversations from the people involved.  Other sources are Board minutes, publicly available information or reports from the Board that have been inspected by professionals.

Our editorial policy is very simple – no substantiation; no publication.

In order for the WIA to survive, Paul and Andrew will need the support of ALL WIA members now they have made their concerns public.  Let the President know that you support Andrew and Paul.  Contact him on 0418 161 733 or send him an email philwait@bigpond.net.au

The board continues to censor both Andrew and Paul’s efforts to run news stories on our national news services.  Both Directors and the WIARG will continue to press for our side of the story to be heard in these open forums and our journal, Amateur Radio. In the meantime, our website, Facebook pages and Twitter feed will keep you updated.

Write an email to the Editor of AR (editor@wia.org.au) and the National News Broadcast (nationalnews@wia.org.au) service asking that they publish the facts.  (please copy us in on feedback@wiarg.org). Only with your voice will we overcome these draconian measures being taken by the President to censor open communication of these real issues.

If, like many others, you feel strongly about this, write your own open letter to your fellow clubs and the WIA.


Please forward this email to your local club and friends.  Take a copy when you meet local amateurs for a coffee.  If they contact feedback@wiarg.org we can send them a newsletter direct.

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

Until next week,

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

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