Important Message from the President of Aeromodellers NSW
Dear Clubs and members
It has taken some time to digest the presentation by Mr. Carl Bizon (Vice President of MAAA) that formed part of our monthly meeting on Friday the 14th August at our usual venue, Dooley’s Waterview Club in Silverwater.
The meeting was attended by 40 people representing clubs across NSW.
The purpose of Carl’s presentation was to explain the latest decision from the MAAA on the unification of NSW under one body. This was the first time the plan by the MAAA was presented to NSW clubs and the Aeromodellers NSW Executive. We previously understood that the intention was merely to unify the existing three bodies – Free Flight, Control Line and Radio.
Carl advised that at the end of the current financial year, 30 June 2016, Aeromodellers NSW will not be recognised by MAAA as the representative of NSW Clubs, nor will Free Flight or Control Line. It was quite clear that the MAAA has already made this decision, without consultation.
The MAAA intends that Carl Bizon will head up a new incorporated body that will manage the activities that each of us presently accomplish in our respective committees; but other than himself, Carl did not say by whom or how.
Even though I am on the MAAA Council, as are the Free Flight and CLAS Presidents, we were unaware of (blindsided by) the decision to impose a 4th body on NSW, a body that will be run by Carl Bizon, from Melbourne, assisted by a team that he will select.
We, the current organisation are to have no opportunity to be involved in the creation of this new body’s constitution, a body that Carl Bizon will retain control of for the following two years.
Carl could not say what the name of the new organisation is to be but was adamant that it will not be Aeromodellers NSW. For the purpose of calling it something, he put forward a name synonymous with the past, MAA NSW.
Carl also advised that the MAAA intends in time to move to a federalised model. He noted that NT, WA and TAS are ready now to move to a federalised model in which the MAAA will control all activities across Australia without representation by state bodies. He stated that Victoria is also looking at moving to a federalised model, leaving only NSW, SA and Queensland indicating continuing support for state representation.
There is much to consider, and rather than jumping to any conclusions I ask for your patience whilst we explore the full ramifications of these proposed changes.
As in the past, I will continue to be transparent and communicate our findings and any further developments. Be assured, we are working diligently to ensure that the sport of Aeromodelling continues to strengthen rather than becoming depleted and fragmented.
President Aeromodellers NSW Inc.