All Spearo’s Clubs and State branches – Please support Australia’s team.

Australian Spearfishing Team go to Guam for Interpac's 2017

Remember Clubs and States can win and reuse prizes for their own events.

A Win Win Situation.

All proceeds go equally to the team members.

From our awesome sponsors we have managed to secure some great prizes. Please support the Aussie Spearfishing Team to Interpac's 2017 in Guam.

Follow the team/and purchase tickets on FaceBook page.

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Coaching Courses 2017

Course dates for Level 1 Coach courses

VIC Level 1 Ocean Snorkel Coach - 1/2 April 2017

2017.04.01 LEVEL 1 OCEAN QUEENSCLIFF VIC

SA Level 1 Ocean Snorkel Coach - 4/5 Feb 2017 - completed

QLD Level 1 Ocean Snorkel Coach - to be advised 2017

NSW - to be advised

65th National Spearfishing Championship Exmouth WA – Results

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Help Aussies Show their Best

FUNDRAISER, AUSSIE TEAM, GREECE   9/2016

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Please dig deep and help our Aussie Spearfishing Mates going to the World Titles very soon.

Buy at  https://www.youcaring.com/david-birch-562071

Tickets 1 for $5.00, 3 for $10.00, 10 for $30.00 or buy in multiples of $30.00 for best value. Remember to use your details when buying.

Pre-purchased and on line purchases will all be allocated numbers for our random number draw, drawn after the team come home.

Great prize list growing as more sponsors come on board. Current prize list include:-
Voucher to spend anywhere, anyway you like, as well as Spearguns, wet-suits, roller conversion kits, diving accessories and more.

Don't miss this popular multiple draw fundraiser.

See Facebook details on Poster and follow the team.

All sponsors are shown on Facebook.

Thanks to you all & our generous sponsors.

BE IN IT.

 

Letter from the President to all members

Memo

 From the President to all Members

3 May 2016

 

Dear Member,

I am writing to you all, about changes in our fee structure, governance practices, insurance cover, membership system upgrade and future direction of the federation.

Insurance.

In conjunction with our insurers, we have developed a member’s information pack, (Available on our web site).  It explains in simple terms what coverage the AUF has.  It explains claims procedures for public liability and personal injury claims, injury reporting and other more general information.

Our death benefit cover has been reinstated this year for all of our sports.  Our volunteer and coaches cover has been updated as to our professional indemnity.  I believe this is the most comprehensive policy the AUF has ever had and will be a reassuring benefit to our members.  It should be noted that this insurance is now costing us in excess of $42,000.00 per year.

Membership Database upgrade.

In 2014 our contract with IMG, our membership system provider expired.  It was felt that the current system we were using was becoming antiquated and not user friendly.  We also felt that with the increase in mobile technology that we needed to offer a platform that was mobile friendly.  Our current platform was far too rigid as it was a three tier system, which meant we had to base our usability requirements around the system.

IMG have offered us a new contract on a new platform, one that is mobile friendly and is flexible to be designed around our needs.  This will give all levels of our membership greater ease of access, by being able to create as many tiers as necessary.  Federal Commissions will be able to access all their members’ data right across Australia.  Likewise state commissions and branches, individual clubs will be able to log into the system, and use the email mail out facility for their individual members.

There will also be a competition portal, so the organisers of any competitions can set up registration fees for any events.  Competitors can pay by credit card and the fees will automatically be transferred to nominated bank accounts.

The new system differs in its pricing structure as opposed to the old one.  We now pay a monthly fee for the system, but the credit card transaction fees have been reduced.  It will cost us a little more but we believe this will be offset by delivering a better system for the members.  We hope to have the new system online by October.

Membership Fees.

With the investment outlay for the new membership system and increased insurance, we have had to look at membership fees.  We still believe that membership for underwater sports, is still one of the cheapest around.  But we have had to increase our fees for the 2016-2017 periods

These new fees which will start in May, when we kick off with our early bird special.

You will notice that we know have split the senior and junior fees, between AUF club and non-club members.  Your fees will be cheaper if you a member of an AUF registered club.  This is because the board has taken the position that we want to be a club based organisation.  I will talk further on this later.

So generally a senior membership has gone from $75.00 to $80.00, for a registered club member.  A non-club member is $100.00; this is proportionate across all the membership grades.

We have asked our commissions to submit a list of member clubs.  To be a registered club within the AUF you need to have 8 members registered on the AUF data base.  Existing clubs that meet these criteria will remain on the data base.  If a new club is to be registered then the form which is available on the AUF web site, will need to be filled out and sent to our membership officer.

Remember if a club on the current data base doesn’t have the required number of members, it will be removed.  The club will need to lodge the attached form and have the required number of members to be renewed on the data base.

Good Governance and Transparency.

With continuing pressure being applied by the government, via the Australian sports commission, we have had to evaluate and reassess our governance procedures and reporting.  This includes reporting protocols, financial reporting, operational rules, policy adherence Government grants disbursement and member protection.

From the top down we will be focusing on specific areas moving forward.

 Financial planning,

If any of our member groups deal with more than $20,000.00 per year.  They will need to have their accounts audited, under this amount they will need to provide an income and expenditure statement.  This will need to be provided to their parent sporting body. i.e. clubs to state commissions, State to Federal Commissions and Federal Commissions to Federal AUF.  This needs to be recorded as all these different levels are handling member’s funds and possibly receiving grant funds.

Operational rules

Each club, state commission and Federal commission will need a minimum standard, set of operational rules.  Some groups already have these, others don’t. We will be evaluating all current rules in all of our member groups, to make sure they conform to our aims and objectives and a minimum standard.

Things that will be addressed are membership criteria, inequalities in voting rights, the need to be club based at state level, state based at a national level and discipline based at a federal level. That member’s rights are reflected equally throughout the organisation. That our member groups follow the principals outlined in our member protection policy.

We need to make sure that the different state laws that deal with child protection are being practiced, and that all statutory requirements are being followed.

We understand that this will be a lengthy and ongoing process, but one that in the end will make us a stronger and fairer organisation.

We welcome any comments or questions on the above.

 

Yours in underwater sports,

Graham Henderson.

 

 

 

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RFA Hawkesbury Bioregion Letter 12 April 2016

Hi All,
The attatched doc is from the Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW, where the AUF/NSW are affiliate members. Stan Konstantaras of RFA is heading up a campaign to see that fisho's are not screwed over.
The USFA , Matt Poulton & a few other Spearo's are taking a front seat in this with Stan so well done to them. A lot of time & hard work being carried by a few, so thanks guys.
I'm hoping to meet with the head guy managing this mpa in the next week or so, & if newsworthy will share.
For you interstate non NSW members it's a great example of a campaign & using independent parliamentarians who affect the balance of power. It's a similar strategy to that used by ARFF the national recfishing body where the National AUF Spearfishing sit on the committee. A great example you may use in your own local battles.
NSW Spearo's you need to get on the front foot & become involved in this as we've everything to lose as usual, please study the attachments & links provided, go to the RFA website to keep up on this, get their newsletters, write or go & see your local member.
Spearfishers should not be put out of any areas unless there is a sound scientific reason to do so & where Spearfishing may be seen to pose a threat to the environment we should have the right & opportunity to meet with the regulators & develop risk minimisation strategies that still allow limited Spearfishing.
We are well & truly done over in NSW & it's time the balances tipped our way.
Anglers in NSW have the advantage of a large portion of our licence & government money being spent on commercial buyouts to create recreational fishing havens & artificial reefs, there's also breakwater spearing bans all over NSW(angling allowed), none of which are of any use to the average Spearo. I'm not having a go at anglers but it's blatantly unfair, of all fishing methods we should have the most access to good territory, not the bloody least. And I'm not saying that we shouldn't work with & share support with anglers, but we are Spearo's!! At the end of the day the anglers will need to get the best outcome for their members as they are obliged to do. We need to keep this in mind & show that we are not complacent & run our own parallel campaign individually as Spearo's. We may well be on the bottom of the heap if we don't.
Remember the one exclusive thing we have in our power is that we can choose to be responsible in our actions & have the most minimal impact of all fishing methods including catch & release which has a mortality rate, also a mortality of bait/berley species. If C&R is allowed limited spearing should also be allowed.
Add to our disadvantages the LHI MPA Spearfishing only ban, North harbour Spearfishing only ban, less rock shelf access than anglers, unnecessary GNS exclusion zones in all mpa's & Southern QLD, no fresh water, no lakes, limited estuary & river, dirty water, rough water, strong currents, depth limitations, etc etc. We are the most screwed of all & it's time it stopped. Let your pollies know, use local opposition & sitting members of parliament, get onto local TV & newspapers.
Where's our exclusive use of territory & why don't we have some, there's nothing wrong with responsible Spearfishing is there??
It's time for everyone to man up do something & reverse this bias towards fishing & particularly Spearfishing. Come up with your own ideas, be reasonable & realistic but get out there yourself & make a difference. Do the required submissions & the things I've said in here but please let them know your here & that you care passionately. Don't leave it up to other Spearo's or you'll be leaving it up to 3or4 people only, and that wouldn't come across as strong to me.
Look at how the greens attack these things in mass, we got to do some of the same. Gather others to help put in submissions & make noise.
Could those addressed above please consider spreading these words & attachments through your club & members networks?
Please remember these words are purely my opinion, one which will not be shared by all!!
Best regards.
Adrian Wayne.

AUFSC National/NSW Chairman.

0418 282 696

Vale – Gordan “Slim” Ward

Its a shame we have lost someone like Slim Ward, we only knew him from a trip we did to Tahiti for the inter-pacific. Slim wanted to come along as interpreter and he proved to be much more than that. We learnt a lot from Slim and kept in touch with him with cards each year. A sad loss to Spearfishing.

Slim will be laid to rest this Friday 8th April 11.00am, service at the Good Shepherd Church 143 Moss Vale Rd in the main street of Kangaroo Valley.

On the hearing of his passing someone who knew him better than us contributed the following:

"I have known Slim for around 45 years, perhaps the longest fo most NZ spearfishers of his and my vintage. As New Zealanders we have been grateful to him ever since we first met back at the beginning of the 1970's. He was extraordinarily generous to us as the NZ spearfishing team and a gentleman to boot in the years that followed.

At the beginning of the 1970's Australia held a competition at Narooma and a NZ team was invited. We arrived in Sydney and Slim met us at the airport, introduced himself and packed us into his wagon and took us home to his place for a meal that Glynnis (spelling) had laid out for us. Hospitality was first rate and our education about Sydney's toilets in the area where he lived became a talking point for several years. We couldn't believe that in the city you had to walk to the back of the section in order get a seat!

We were introduced to Slim's shop, checked out his bikes, hitched up a caravan and headed to Narooma.  Parked in a camping ground, that caravan became our home courtesy of Slim for the period of the competition. Generous to a fault. We had comfort, access to the RSL and people arranged to take us diving each day. As I said earlier, Slim made an indelible impression on us Kiwis, one that was reinforced on numerous occasions thereafter when he would travel with Australian teams to international spearfishing events and when he and his wife did a travelling holiday around NZ. He and I kept that contact up until the last 3 or 4 years. Good for a chat, I was often told what George and Merv were said to have done or be doing and how he thought spearfishing administration in NSW should develop. He certainly had strong opinions and could be forthright in putting them forward.

Australian spearfishing had in Slim a committed supporter for which it ought to be grateful. Such people contribute handsomely to the lifeblood of voluntary organisations and I would imagine that those Australian spearfishing representatives in the era when Slim shouldered so much of managerial roles, will be grateful he put his hand up at the time and said, "I'll do it."

I'm grateful to have called him a friend."

Bob Rosemergy

Speaqrfishing NZ

May he rest in peace.

AUF Spearfishing.

 

Results from 2016 57 th Australian Pacific Coast Championships. Port Stephens, NSW.

The Championships held over Easter proved once again to be a popular and well attended event with great catering and prizes. The sea gods were kind to us for once and some good fish were taken.
Congratulations Newcastle Neptune's on an extremely well run safe event. Please see results."

2016 Inter-Pacific Spearfishing Championship Results

A well run event held in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Congratulations go out to the New Zealand teams on their winning result in both the Mens and Ladies.

Our Australian Men's Team Guy Wood, Michael Pannach, Ryan Schulter, Jack Lavender and team manager Scott McKenzie placed a hard earned third position and our ladies team Taylah Martindale, Nikki Watt and Team Manager Joe Martindale fort hard in a tough competition placed 4th. Congratulations to all our team.

 Men                     Day 1       Day 2       Total     Place

NZ                         100         100           200       1st
New Caledonia      87            87           174       2nd
Australia                81            77           167        3rd
Tahiti                      76            87          163        4th
Hawaii                    71            88          159        5th
Guam                      35            74          109        6th

Ladies
New Zealand         92          100           192        1st
Hawaii                  100           79            179       2nd
Guam                     36            88            124       3rd
Australia                48            54            102       4th

We would like to again take the opportunity to sincerley thank all our sponsors for the prizes donated to the team fundraiser and all the supporters who brought tickets.

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Australia, Guam, Hawaii, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Tahiti Competitors 2016

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Mens team Placings New Zealand, New Caledonia, Australia, Tahiti, Hawaii, Guam.

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Ladies team placing - New Zealand, Hawaii, Guam, Australia.

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Team Australia

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2016 Mens winners New Zealand with Inter-Pacific Champions - New Caledonia