AGM on the 14th March 1730

Annual General Meeting

The BTA Annual General Meeting will be held  at the BTA office, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth, 6005, at 5.30pm on Monday, 14th March, 2011.


Our constitution

Our current board can be found here (hey – with pics)

Our communications systems to keep our members up to date with what is happening and what the board is doing on your behalf have finally been re-established after a lot of being mucked about by computer systems.  Printing and posting newsletters was no longer feasible and the old system could not cope with advances in technology to gather information necessary and to switch to email newsletters.  It has been replaced with the help of the Lotteries Commission — so thanks to all those people who buy Lotto and scratchie tickets.  Drawing up the submission and waiting for it to be assessed and approved took time, as all such applications do.  Then came the nitty-gritty of getting all the records transferred, checking that the files were all present and correct and working correctly worked and checking that the system works as it should – a time consuming task that took a big effort by the part-time chief executive Heinrich Benz and volunteer board members au fait with the computer software to do it.

The BTA website – btawa.org.au – has been upgraded and is a good source of information for and from members.

Our membership has begun to increase again and the board is aiming at increasing it more this year.  If the BTA can get 1000 members, it can employ a person to be in the office to answer members’ queries and put together the regular email newsletter of what the board and chief executive have been doing – which is a lot.  The two biggest issues are the formation of the new cycling body Cycle West based on the Community of Cycling report by consultant Colin Brown for the State Government and the “Metre Matters” campaign by the Amy Gillett Foundation to get the law changed to make it compulsory for vehicle drivers to give cyclists a metre clearance.  The latter requires every State and Territory government to pass the same legislation, which is a very long process done through the Transport Ministers Council of Australian Governments.  The rest of the time has been spent doing the nitty gritty work that the BTA has been doing since it was formed in 1994 – getting State Government departments and to fix bung cycle ways, making submissions to get more cycle ways, making submissions to get proper cycleways in new proposals such as the $440 million Waterfront plan  and a whole stack of others.

The BTA has to rely solely on its members for the money to pay staff.  The amount of office work necessary and the time involved in preparing submissions to councils, state government departments, Ministers, MPs and stacks of others to get better conditions for cyclists cannot be done by volunteers who have to work to earn a living. So bend the ears of other cyclists who are not members and get them to join.

Members also are the BTA’s eyes and ears – it relies on them to point out problems with the cycle network and get ideas on how to improved it.

It’s about 80 metres from City West station and just off the Principle Shared path from the city to Subiaco.  All the current board members have been renominated: Convenor Steven McKiernan, Treasurer Peter Bartlett, Secretary Robert Hunt, Roland Parrotte and Graeme Hird.  Please come, even if it is only to whinge about not hearing what we are doing for the members.

Cheers

Steven McKiernan

Convenor

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