13th May 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 6

We continue to be concerned about the capability and professionalism of our Board.

We have received no response to our recent correspondence to the Board in relation to:

– Our request for the Annual Report and Formal Notification of the AGM
– Our request for the Board to introduce a Directors Register of Interests.
In the last 2 weeks we have published our assessment of the Board’s Submission to the ACMA as well as a members’ look at how well our WIA has been performing (“What have the Romans done for us?” ).

Your feedback and commentary of these documents has been both positive and helpful.

This Board continues to lose your money and there is no plan to turn the tide.

If you are a WIA member, do you wonder where your $95 goes each year? We have done an analysis, and will send you the report over the weekend and post it on our web site.

As many are aware, on the 7th May we launched a survey to investigate what you think about the licence structure here in Australia. Well over 400 of you have responded so far; an outstanding result. We will release the results next week.

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.

The communication and transparency of this Board has become worse. There have been no Board Notes or updates to the President’s Blog on the WIA web site this year. Why is that?

We need your support to make our Board listen. It’s our WIA and all the trends (number of amateurs, finances, privileges) are in decline.

The AGM is just 2 weeks away and still members have not received formal notification of Business to be Conducted, nor the Annual Report; where are the Financial Reports?

This Board has had 4.5 months to close the books and write the reports. What are they hiding? Send an email to the President and Secretary asking for the Annual Report.

A template is provided at http://wiarg.org/call-to-action/

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,

73
G.C. Dunstan VK4DU, C. Chapman VK3QB, R. Dollar VK8RD

10th May 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 5

Good afternoon,

Last week was busy and we decided to hold off on our update to you.  In the lead-up to the AGM we’ve been working hard to get a balanced set of facts on the table.

We are still waiting on a response to our request for the Board to introduce a Directors Register of Interests.  To date no correspondence has been received.

An analysis of the WIA Submission to the ACMA was completed and distributed last week.  Thanks for your positive feedback on this document.  If you’ve not read our report yet, follow this link:

http://wiarg.org/assessment-of-wia-submission-to-the-acma/

 

We have also looked at the question raised by WIA President, Phil Wait when he asked “What have the Romans done for us?”   Only we looked at it from the members’ perspective with the facts to hand.  If you haven’t read it yet follow this link.

http://wiarg.org/what-have-the-romans-or-the-wia-done-for-us/

 

As a member you should be concerned about the lack of visible progress by your WIA.

On the 7th May we launched a survey to investigate what you think about the licence structure here in Australia.  We’ve been overwhelmed with responses.  Over 300 of you have responded so far; a fantastic result.  If you have not yet completed the survey please do so; and forward the link to your club and friends.  Your thoughts count.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourLicence

If you are a WIA member, do you wonder where your $95 goes each year?  Do you feel you’re getting value for money?  We’ve done the sums and will release a short summary in the next couple of days.

Word about the WIA Reform Group is spreading.  We are very pleased with the feedback and support we’ve been receiving.  Please continue to spread the word.  Forward this email to your local club and friends.  Contact the National Office and Board Members calling for positive action.

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

We’ll continue to challenge this Board and demand better results.  Please continue to email us with your feedback and ideas.

 

Until next week,

73

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

 

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29th April 2016. WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 4

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29th April 2016.  WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 4

Good afternoon,

Since last week we’ve been busy analysing the results from our online survey.  We hope you took a few moments to complete the survey.  The results will be published on the web site in the next 24 hours.

We will send you the link when the results are up.

The WIA Board met on 19th April and we know they tabled and discussed our request for a Directors Register of Interest to be implemented.    Refer to:   http://wiarg.org/register-of-interests-for-wia-board-members

We felt this would be a positive step towards avoiding future conflicts of interest.  We have written to the President, Phil Wait asking for confirmation that the proposal was considered and implemented.  To date, we have not received a response.

We are also in the final stages of analysing the Board’s Submission to the ACMA, which was presented to the ACMA on 12th April 2016.  We are concerned with some of the content in the Submission, not the least being a lack of consultation with WIA Members, let alone the broader Australian amateur radio community.  Is this another example of a Board that does that not listen to, or consult with its own members?  Our analysis will be released in the coming week.

We hope to see the 2016 Annual Report and Financial Statements in the coming week, but President Phil Wait has indicated in the April edition of Amateur Radio magazine that the audit review is still underway.  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 have said, 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.

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,

 

73

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

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22nd April 2016. WIA Reform Group – Newsletter Number 3

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22nd April 2016.  WIA Reform Group – News Letter Number 3

Good morning,

Over the course of the last week we have been active on two fronts.

Firstly, we sent a letter to the board of the WIA asking them to introduce a Register of Interests for all board members.  We sincerely hope that the board will take our request seriously and implement this important process.  With what we saw in the second half of 2015, it’s clear that the elected members of this board need some process control and clear guidance when it comes to identifying and managing conflicts of interest.  There is more detail about this matter on our web site.

We have also placed a copy of the letter on the web site if you’d like to read it.  Just follow this link:

http://wiarg.org/register-of-interests-for-wia-board-members/

Secondly, we have launched a survey which has been designed to capture the views of all Australian Amateurs.  The survey focuses on two main areas of concern.

  1. The member services provided by the WIA and National Office
  2. Representation and Governance as provided by the board.

We respectfully ask all Amateurs to take some time to read the questions, answer the survey and consider the issues being raised.  If you are uncertain about any of the issues raised, please visit our website and read the information before you complete the survey.  You can complete the survey by following this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wiarg

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.  Make your voice heard!

We hope to see the 2016 Annual Report and Financial Statements in the coming week.   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 have said, 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.

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,

 

73

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

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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,

73

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

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8th April 2016. WIA Reform Group – Newsletter Number 1

Good morning,

Thank you for contacting us to share your concerns.  Chris Chapman, Rowan Dollar, Glenn Dunstan and others have all attempted to drive change with the Board of the WIA either from within, or by way of direct correspondence.

These efforts have been unsuccessful.  Hence the WIA Reform Group was formed in March 2016.

Your emails and messages resonate very strongly with our core values and objectives: those being to create an effective, efficient and member focused WIA.

You told us some concerns we were already aware of, but we have also learnt of other equally valid concerns.  Areas like:

  • Concerns over the education and training delivered by WIA approved programs
  • Communication and action in support of the smaller states
  • Acknowledgement and responses to individual concerns from members
  • Issues with ACMA and how it’s officers interact with the Australian amateur community
  • Genuine concerns over elected board members conduct and behaviour

And of course many responses have been from non-WIA members, whose concerns are equally as valid and valued.

Where to from here you ask?  The WIA Reform Group is not going away.  We have written to the WIA Board asking for their direct and immediate action over recent issues of inappropriate board conduct, conflict of interest, incompetent service delivery, poor financial decision making, communication failures and various other failings.  We have sent further letters to the Editor of Amateur Radio magazine which we hope will be published.  (edit – they were refused publication…)

As the results of the Ballot are posted and the Annual Report is published later this month we will be ready to raise further issues and will be preparing for the 2016 AGM on Norfolk Island.

In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated with a brief weekly email.

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

Many of you have remarked that we need to make more specific proposals for removal of the Board and overhaul of the WIA. To that end, we are developing a plan for the future of a new, member-focussed and transparent WIA.

This is detailed on our recently modified website home page at www.wiarg.org .  Unlike the Board, we listen to feedback….

 

We welcome your thoughts, experiences and ideas for the future.

Until next week,

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

 

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