AAT Minutes of the AGM - 2017


10am Sunday 13 August 2017Campbell Town Hotel, Campbell Town PresentGary France Chair, Terry Byard Vice Chair, Michael Caminada Exec Committee , John Broomby Exec Committee, Denis Edwards Exec Officer, Adrian Hope Tas Fly Fishing Assoc., Sheryl Thompson, Charles Thompson NWFA, Nick Baldock President NWFA, Mark Rockliff Ulverstone Angling Club, Michael Caminada Independent North, Howard Jones BOD Sports Anglers, Michael Mighall BOD Sports Anglers, Bruce Gilham Corralin FF and Casting Assoc, Wayne Ballette Tas Fly Tyers Club, John Francis STLAA Delegate, , Keith Symons Independent South.ApologiesMalcolm Crosse, Alan Gordon, Robert ChandlerWelcomeChairman , Gary France welcomed members and guestsConfirmation of the minutes of the 2016 AGMS Thompson moved that the minutes of the 2016 AGM be accepted.Seconded M Caminada. CarriedChairman’s Report 2017 Over the past 12 months the executive has continued the monthly phone hook-up meetings; these as well as the AAT quarterly general meetings at physical venues have been met with very good attendance and continue to drive the agenda around the priorities in working for the fishery.Various committee members have also held meetings with a range of stakeholders over the year to further the progress of AAT interactions and outcomes.The executive met with the minister for Primary Industries and Water, Jeremy Rockliff and the Director of Inland Fisheries Service, John Diggle to discuss and address fisheries matters.I met with Guy Barnett and Malcolm Crosse at Parliament House Hobart, also with Will Hodgman and Mark Shelton at Brumbys Creek Cressy to further their interests in the World Fly Fishing Championships (WFFC) and the opportunity potential for Tasmania.The Executive conducted a weekend workshop to begin the process of developing a strategic plan in alignment with IFS planning and opportunities surrounding Tasmania’s staging of the WFFC in December 2019. An AAT sub-committee has been established to focus on our activity and to perform financial and webcam reviews.Most recently the South Esk river was added in to the angler access programme, officially launched by Jeremy Rockliff on opening day of this trout season, once again a joint initiative with the IFS and $60,000 through the Tasmanian Community Fund.The South Esk is Tasmania’s longest river with dozens of angler access points established, starting from Hadspen, covering Longford, Perth and Evandale, all the way up through Avoca, Fingal, and Mathinna, and beyond Upper Esk.The Leven River is currently subject to angler access improvement. Willow removal has taken place and native revegetation will be in progress during the coming spring.Little Pine and Penstock Lagoons continue to undergo improvements relative to angler access and recommendations for on water practices needed to maintain a sustainable fishery.The Tasmanian government provided $2,000 for relief funding toward infrastructure and flood damage caused by last year’s devastating floods.AAT has been successful with a $48,000 grant from the Community Infrastructure Fund for the construction of toilets at Penstock and Bronte Lagoons. This project should be completed during the 2017/18 fishing season.The Central Highlands Council is planning a toilet facility for Arthurs Lake with a $50,000 grant from the Tasmanian Government.The IFS have secured a $40,000 grant through the Community Infrastructure Fund for construction of a 10 M x 35M access platform.at the southern end of the Four Springs car park.AAT was present at the IFS “Trout Weekend” where these initiatives where publicly announced by the minister.AAT will interact with the Fishers 4 Fish Habitat forum 19 August 2017 at the Grange in Campbell Town. This is a national initiative aiming at waterway protection and improvement.AAT was present at Bushfest in 2016 and plan to be there for the fourth annual Bushfest, Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19 2017 at the Bothwell Recreation Ground.Telstra provide major support via data allowance covering the webcam network.Central Highlands Council has provided $3000 toward six webcams.Webcams have been a consistent drawcard to the AAT website averaging 500 hits/day with a maximum of 2800 hits/day; there are still limited opportunities for low cost advertising / sponsorship.AAT has good relationship with Hydro through David Ikedife and as well as looking at the health of Penstock and Little Pine Lagoons they have met with AAT at Lake St Clair Lagoon to discuss ways and means of returning it to its former glory.AAT retains a good relationship with MAST and apart from being a major webcam sponsor provided the buoys and materials for the boating corridors at Penstock and Little Pine Lagoons.AAT will support and promote the National Gone fishing day in October to encourage more people to fish, families, friends and junior anglers fishing in waters all over Tasmania.I thank you all sincerely for your efforts, passion and commitment.Gary FranceChairman - Anglers Alliance TasmaniaT Byard moved that the Chairman’s report be accepted. Seconded J FrancisFinancials Subsequent to the amendment of the Associations Incorporation Act 1964 that commenced on 1 October 2016 to remove the requirement for an annual financial audit for an Incorporated Association in any year where the organisations annual revenue is less than $250,000; the requirement for small organisations to submit a special resolution for an audit exemption has been removed. If AAT is required to audit specific projects (which is not the case with any current projects) that project can be audited independently of other AAT financial activities. Consequently no audit has been done for 2016-17.A financial sub-committee of John Broomby, Michael Caminada and Denis Edwards has been set up to review AAT activities and future funding needs. A breakdown of past expenditure and future needs is currently under way and will be tabled at the next GM on 25 Feb 2018.The account balances at the 30 June 2017 were :Trading Account Westpac 037-009 17-1550 $ 7,411.03 CRGrant Account Westpac 037-001 47-7934 $ 547.00 CRWebcam Account Westpac 037-001 25-9322 $ 2,805.06 CRHOF Account Westpac 037-010 25-9330 $ 736.79 CRThe current account balances (11Aug2017) are :Trading Account Westpac 037-009 17-1550 $ 5,967.01CRGrant Account Westpac 037-001 47-7934 $ 52,454.15 CRWebcam Account Westpac 037-001 25-9322 $ 1,314.56 CRHOF Account Westpac 037-010 25-9330 $ 736.79 CRB Gilham moved that the Financial Report be accepted. Seconded K SymonsElection of Officers BearersFour nominations for positions on the Executive Committee were received from the incumbent Office Bearers and with Malcolm Crosse remaining the Project Manager, the Executive Committee remains as is , ieChairman Gary FranceVice Chairman Terry ByardJohn BroombyMichael CaminadaMalcolm Crosse Project managerDenis Edwards remains the Executive OfficerBruce Gilham moved that the nominations be accepted. Seconded Adrian HopeMeeting closed at 10.20 am

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