NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING
3pm Sunday Nov 4, Running Stream Hall
We wish to advise you that, due to an administrative error, we need to call a general
meeting in order to once again formally adopt the new model constitution, a copy of which
can be found at:
We look forward to your understanding in this matter. We will also have a special
presentation by Mitchell Clapham, from the NSW Farmer’s Association, on the process
used in mediation/arbitration so we hope that you will be able to join us.
1. Special Resolution ‐ Adoption of Model Constitution
a) The Committee recommends to the members at a General Meeting that the following
Special Resolution be adopted:
That Running Stream Water Users Association adopt the Model Constitution
prepared by the Dept of Fair Trading to replace the present Rules.
Over two years ago the legislation covering incorporated associations changed. Instead of
Model Rules, there is now a Model Constitution. Currently RSWUA is operating under the old
Model Rules, with some changes. If we adopt the Model Constitution it means if there are any
legislative changes, our constitution is automatically updated and therefore we are always
compliant with the legislation. This means one less administrative detail for your committee to
keep tabs on. The Model Constitution is essentially the same as the old Model Rules. However
it would mean the following changes:
1. Proxy voting is no longer allowed.
2. Decrease in the number of committee members. In our old Model Rules we had a
committee of 12. The Model Constitution has a committee of seven with four Office Bearers as
they are now called. These are President, Vice‐President, Secretary and Treasurer. However
there is provision to have as many sub‐committees (appointed by the committee) as we want.
This would therefore allow more members to be involved in the running of the association
should we have a sudden rush of enthusiasm from our members wanting to be on the
committee. In addition, a person with special expertise could be invited to attend specific
committee meetings in an advisory capacity.
3. Our financial year will have to run with the fiscal year i.e. from 1 July to 30 June.