The Board of EWA was as surprised and alarmed as you were at the news receive suddenly last week in regards to the voluntary administration of EA. We had received no prior information regarding this from EA, and we are all currently working hard to stay on top of developments as they happen. Our Chair, CEO and Vice-Chair have been attending almost daily evening meetings with the other state branches and the Voluntary Administrator (VA), and an all of Sports committee meeting was held this week on Tuesday to keep our local sport committees informed and up to date.
For answers to your questions about the VA process and what it means, please download the FAQ document found here.
We on the EWA board- Ron Fleming (Chair), William Newton-Wordsworth (Vice-Chair), Anne Wilkins, Anne Avery, Roslyn O'Halloran and Anita Marchesani would like to thank you for your support so far. This has been a challenging year for us all, and uncertainty around the future of the SEC and our sport here in WA over the last couple of years has been difficult.
We would like you to know that as a board, we fully support the VA process, and look forward to a complete restructure of the governance of EA. That may mean moving to a fully centralised model where there are no more state boards, or it may mean a hybrid version, with shared services out of head office, and still independent state boards. These are just two options, there are many other models, with their advantages and disadvantages to consider.
The EWA board, along with the other state branches, has been calling for reform of EA and governance for some time.
It is our intention to consult widely with you, our members, as part of the restructuring process, and a formal process for this will be put in place shortly.
The VA will not be responsible for the restructure itself, it can (and likely will) recommend a restructure, but that must occur in consultation with you, our members, the state branches, the WA Department of Sport and Recreation, Sport Australia and other key stakeholders.
We would like to caution you to be wary of opinions shared on social media, that may or may not be factually correct. The VA is independent of any politics or agendas, and the information they are providing can be trusted.
We are positive about the VA process, and the restructure that will come. It’s an opportunity for a new beginning and a bright future for the sport.