USFA / AUF. Recent Changes and Future Direction.
At last there is agreement for the two peak Spearfishing organisations to unite and be as one.
This follows discussions that have taken place since October 2011 and attendance by USFA officials at the AUF Spearfishing AGM in September 2012.
Both organisations were able to discuss the reasons for the prior split that occurred in 2009 but more importantly the positives to being united and how this might be achieved. The meeting agreed on the following actions:
- Adrian Wayne was elected as National Spearfishing chairperson to represent the interests of both parties.
- A new umbrella organisation for Spearfishing Australia would be named and formed nationally.
- All States,Territories,Clubs and Members would rejoin or their membership be transitioned to this new organisation.
- The Constitution of the National AUF would be reviewed and changes submitted to facilitate the new Spearfishing organisation and the Constitutional concerns expressed by USFA.
- Provided suitable Constitutional changes are agreed the new Spearfishing organisation and all of the members will be affilliated directly with the National AUF which will be the most beneficial situation for all parties.
- Insurance options to be re examined and the most suitable options put in place. It is expected the process of unification will take some time and in the interim both organisations will continue to operate as they do currently but with far more communication and cooperation.
- Current AUF Spearfishing competition rules, by laws, regulations will be re examined for their future suitability.
The officials at the AGM expressed extreme gratitude to the retiring Chairperson, Dr Adam Smith for his efforts and professionalism in taking our sport forward.
Any person who requires information on this important move forward should contact the State/Territory chairpersons or Mr Adrian Wayne, AUF/USFA Joint National Chairperson.
National Chair AUF National Spearfishing Commission