[CAMWEST-announce] Fwd: [bugcouncil] BNSW Council - Update

. jonhol2 at netscape.net
Mon Dec 22 23:38:07 UTC 2014

Fellow CAMWESTies,
                                  here is an email from Graeme Edwards, Board Member of BNSW. It was obvious from comments at the BNSW AGM that the Board has finally realised the value of Bicycle user Groups (BUGs) in advocacy & cycling promotion. There has been a BUG Council for some time now, but quite often participation and discussion is fairly limited. Meetings are held via phone in on a bi Monthly basis.

To date, I have been the CAMWEST contact & although I receive all correspondence and participated in email conversations, I have not participated in phone in meetings If anyone associated with CAMWEST would like to assume the role of our representative on this sub committee of BNSW please let me know of your interest. This is an interesting role & has the potential to achieve results. I intend to be absent from Sydney quite regularly in 2015 & will have difficulty in giving the role the attention it requires and deserves.

I believe we are about to see some activity in cycling matters as it gathers momentum as an active transport mode & recreational activity, especially in light of the forthcoming State election in March 2015.

Some of you may also be aware of moves by the Bicycle Network (the rebadged Bicycle Victoria) to become part of the cycling fraternity in NSW. They opened an office in Sydney earlier this year and have been active in promoting the "Happiness Cycle" in conjunction with a very low key involvement by Coca Cola. The Australian Cyclist Party is also actively recruiting candidates for the forthcoming State Elections for the Upper House.
John Holstein
Member of CAMWEST (http://camwest.pps.com.au) advocating for better cycling infrastructure for Sydney's West.

"if we don't change direction, we will end up where we are headed" (Professor Irwin Corey
American vaudeville comic and actor (1914 - ) )
-----Original Message-----
From: Graeme Edwards <graeme.edwards at idx.com.au>
To: BUGs <bugcouncil at bikenorth.org.au>
Sent: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 8:44
Subject: [bugcouncil] BNSW Council - Update

As most of you will know BNSW held their AGM on the 11th of this month.
As a result there have been a number of changes. Firstly Carolyn New did
not re-nominate for her position on the Board and has been ably replaced
by Peter Lee (NCM). There were two vacant positions up for election and I
had hoped that we might be able to fill both positions with people from a
BUG background, as it turned out Alan Corven from Central Coast BUG missed
out on a position.
However it is not all bad news. One of Jon Leighton's (president BNSW)
initiatives for the next year is to include non Board members on some of
the Board committees. The BUG Committee used to be just Carolyn and myself
but through the new initiative it will grow to 4 or 5 people. One of the
first actions of the new BNSW Board was to appoint Alan Corven as the
Chair of the BNSW Council taking over the role I have held for many years.
Alan has been invited to attend all BNSW Board meetings and is also a
member of the Board BUG Committee. So whilst not a true Board member, Alan
will be closely linked in to the Board activities. It is hoped that
through a bigger BUG Committee and reinvigorated BNSW Council, under
Alan's supervision, we can achieve more than we have in the past.

So from now on Alan is the key point of contact for BNSW Council related
Early in the new year I will be handing over all the BNSW Council
paperwork to Alan so he can get up to speed.

In Summary:
The BNSW Council is:
Alan Corven (BNSW Council Chair)
All affiliated BUGs
BNSW BUG Committee members.

The BNSW BUG Committee is:
Graeme Edwards (Board member) (Chair)
Peter Lee (Board member)
Alan Corven (BNSW Council Chair)
David Martin (BUG/Member representative)

Graeme Edwards

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