P&C Northern Sydney Region
NSW P&C Federation’s Annual Conference, 2008
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Updated: 3rd August, 2008.
Consideration of Northern Beaches District Council’s Reform Motions was deferred by vote of the Annual Conference in July, 2007, pending a Review of the Federation’s operations and the structure of Council.
The Review was completed by an independent consultant, Charles Dalgleish. His report and recommendations were presented to Federation’s Council, and most recommendations that can be dealt with by Council have been or are being actioned. The remainder need to go to Annual Conference for approval.
Northern Beaches District Councils motions from 2007 were all still relevant and were re-presented at the 2008 Annual Conference in Albury. All of these motions were consistent with the remaining, unimplemented Dalgleish recommendations.
Important motions covering a reduction in the ineffective size of Council and the Executive was lost.
However, other important motions were passed. They covered; strengthening Federation’s strategic focus; reforming its unwieldy policy; and strengthening the role of the Office.
The Dalgleish Report is available on the P&C Federation’s website
Read more below and scroll to the bottom of the page to see more on the Reform Motions.
David Hope. President, P&C Northern Sydney Region.
Annual Conference 2008 – Short Report
P&C Federation’s Annual Conference was held at Albury over the weekend of 25–27 July, 2008.
Attendance was again down on the previous year, with the maximum number of delegates in the room at any one time appearing to be around 105, compared to last year’s figure of 130. A new format for the Conference was implemented this year and most attendees seemed to see it as a considerable improvement.
A Conference Dinner was added to the program on Saturday night (none previously). A feature was a presentation by the very entertaining Professor Nick Klomp on issues facing the planet.
Elections are half-Senate style, with half the Office-Bearers and half the Councillors elected each year. The full list of Office Bearers appears to the left.
Motions were passed as follows:
The complete body of the existing Policy of P&C Federation be replaced by the paragraphs referred to as “Premises” within the Policy of P&C Federation, whilst a new category of documentation be created called Position Papers. The Position Papers shall include the full current body of policy (Premises and Policies), and be available for guidance and historical perspective, but not be binding on Council.
Council will now formally be responsible for producing an Annual Strategic Plan.
Role and duties of the senior paid officer, now called the General Manager, were established.
Revised policy on Aboriginal education.
Resolution that Federation conduct a campaign directed at both State and Federal Governments around the urgent need to redress the maintenance and capital works needs of public schools in NSW.
Resolution that the Federation urge the DET to undertake a survey of the various organisations that are currently conducting activities in schools with the intent on ruling as to their appropriateness.
Resolution that Federation approach and request the Roads and Traffic Authority Minister to implement within 6 months “Traffic Flashing Lights” around all Public Schools.
Motions were lost as follows:
Reform of the election of Councillors (proposal was that Councillors be elected at Regional meetings, rather than Annual Conference).
Reform of the election of Office Bearers.
Reduction in the number of Councillors and in the size of the Executive.
More information will be added when the draft minutes of the Conference are published.
Annual Conference 2007 – Short Report
P&C Federation’s Annual Conference was held at Rooty Hill RSL over the weekend of 27–29 July, 2007.
Attendance was down about 30% on last year, with the maximum number of delegates in the room at any one time appearing to be around 130.
Northern Beaches District Council put forward a number of Reform Motions for Conference to consider. A delegate from Turramurra High School moved a successful procedural motion to defer consideration of all these motions. There were just 91delegates in the room when the vote was taken. (This is less than the 106 positions that are available on Federation’s Council). Being the main author of the reform motions I was naturally disappointed. However, the Office Bearers, just before Conference, commissioned an external review of Federation’s activities and I am hopeful that this review will lead to some positive improvements.
Elections were held for four of the eight Office Bearer positions (half the positions are elected for two years each year).
The results were:
The complete list of Office Bearers can be seen to the left.
Councillors for each Region are elected at Conference for two year terms – half each year. Northern Sydney has eight Councillors. This year there were four nominations for the four positions. Successful candidates were: Dianne Butland, Jan Butland, Phyll Morris and David Hope. Continuing Councillors are Alister Sharp, Kathy Greer, Kos Psaltis and Mary Anne Yeldham.
Kathy Greer, Dianne Butland and David Hope from Northern Sydney Region were elected to three of the 10 ordinary Councillor positions on the Executive of 18 people, which includes the eight Office Bearers.
Rob Asser, the DET’s Schools Promotion Manager gave an interesting talk on promoting our schools. This includes the “Community of Schools” concept (local High Schools and Primary Schools working together) being rolled out in some areas. Rob has already done some work in Northern Sydney Schools and offers training for schools (including a parent representative). More on this topic in a future ENews.
The Conference was addressed by Education Minister John Della Bosca; Director-General Michael Coutts-Trotter; Greens education spokesperson John Kaye; and keynote speaker John Foreman. The Minister also attended a cocktail party where he was available for delegates to talk to on a one-to-one basis.
P&C Federation Reforms
Motions submitted by the
Middle Harbour and Northern Beaches District Council of P&C Associations
The objective of the ten motions to be put to the Annual Conference is to:
· strengthen the performance of Council and the Federation;
· provide better support to the volunteer Officers and Councillors of Federation; and
· encourage Regional Councils to play a greater role in furthering the objectives of Federation.
Federation’s Council has been operating more-or-less in its current mode for many years. Society, the way children learn, and technology have all changed considerably in recent times. To be successful on a continuing basis, organizations must change and adapt to meet new challenges and take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
The Motions to be put to Annual Conference seek to start the process of reform, and cover:
· Reduction in the size of Council to a more manageable 40 plus eight Office Bearers (down from 104).
· Councillors to be elected from their own Region meetings.
· Reduction in the size of the Executive Committee to ten (down from 18).
· Reduction in the volume of Policy by removing the detail.
· Mandating that Council produce and use a Strategic Plan
· Provision for the employment of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) instead of the limited role of Administrative Officer or Executive Officer.
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Vinson Inquiry into NSW Public Education
The District Council made a comprehensive submission on change to the Vinson Inquiry on public education in NSW in 2001. Download the submission (Word, 100kb).
Note: The Vinson website has been closed and this link is currently unavailable.
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2008 Annual Conference
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from P&C Federation’s website
2007 Annual Conference
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27 – 29 July, 2007
Rooty Hill RSL
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