Review enters next phase

Pipe Bands Australia extends thanks to members who have participated in the first round of consultation of part of the review of the organisation’s structure and core activities.

Forums were conducted in each state during September, October and early November while members also completed an online survey. Submissions were also received in the first phase of consultation.

Members of the review panel – chairman Jamie Forsyth, Athol Chalmers, Chris Swan and PBA president Chris Earl – have been reviewing and considering feedback received from members, bands and branches.

A Green Paper with future options for discussion is being prepared. The options will be drawn both from member feedback and research of structures of pipe band associations internationally, national entities in business, the arts and sport.

The Green Paper is due for release by 31 December and will be followed by further rounds of consultation with members, bands, branches and college ahead of the proposed White Paper in June.

National council at its last biennial conference endorsed a discussion paper presented by Jamie Forsyth, Principal Rules and Administration, to undertake the review.

Jamie expressed thanks on behalf of the panel to almost 200 members who contributed through the online survey and with written submissions. “Many thanks must go to the panel members who hosted these forums, in particular to Chris Earl and Athol Chalmers who travelled at their own considerable expense.”

Chris said the ongoing national conversation was the most important undertaking by the association in almost 60 years. “The conversations have already proven invaluable and in the collegiate spirit that defines our association, will continue to be important in the next phases of the review.”


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