The Cycling NSW board collectively wants to be progressive — and, as always, work towards bettering things in the interests of the members we represent.
We will again endorse the "no" vote for NSW at the Cycling Australia SGM scheduled September 19, given that’s how our members voted, but want to put on record, in principle, our openness to seek options to open discussions to negotiate moving forwards.
On Tuesday night at our board meeting, we wrote the open letter set out below.
We invite Cycling Australia and AusCycling to respond, so as to enable us to be better informed of how AusCyling will be administered and managed based around the concerns we have conveyed relating specifically to our members in NSW.
I hope you see after reading that we are genuine, and that the tangibles contained are needed for any assessment to be made that can be shared with Cycling NSW member clubs.
And the Cycling NSW board
OPEN LETTER TO CYCLING NSW CLUBS AND MEMBERS REGARDING AUSCYCLING
Dear clubs and members,
As you know, in March 2020 Cycling Australia held a vote to form AusCycling. Cycling NSW voted “no”, following a vote of our clubs, which voted against the proposal.
WestCycle and Cycling Tasmania also voted against the proposal, meaning Cycling Australia would not join the new organization.
BMX Australia (BMXA) and Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) have voted yes to join AusCycling and the venture is set to go forward on 1 October 2020 and be phased in over the coming 12 months.
Cycling NSW has now been advised by Cycling Australia that there will be another vote by the state associations on 19 September, as Cycling Tasmania is to hold a re-vote this Saturday 12 September and may change its vote from “no” to “yes”.
Cycling NSW will again follow the wishes of our clubs and vote “no” at any re-vote, given our clubs have not voted to change their position.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, the Cycling NSW directors agreed to seek more information from Cycling Australia on the AusCycling model for our members.
Cycling Australia has advised that progress is being made on AusCycling, but Cycling NSW and its members continue to have questions about how the new entity would operate and how the constitution will work.
Opportunities, issues and questions the Cycling NSW board raised include:
The Cycling NSW board is not opposed to joining AusCycling, but cannot encourage members to vote for AusCycling until further questions are answered.
Simply put, from the outset, based on the information and details shared around the above points, we still have concerns and questions about the current structure, support and financial position for Cycling NSW clubs in any future AusCycling model.
An additional concern relates to the ability to join AusCycling as an individual member, meaning the option to bypass club membership will be a reality. This raises concerns for the longevity and viability of existing Cycling NSW clubs and their long-term ability to provide the grassroots and community support that has been, and still is, fundamental for NSW club open road and track racing and the associated volunteer support structure they offer.
Fewer clubs will mean less racing and fewer events. So how will AusCycling be able to offer guarantees for the ongoing benefits that are currently offered to members through their club membership and association? Fewer clubs may also mean just a few larger clubs dominate nationally, that could facilitate change without regard for the wider membership.
The board is committed to working with the new organisation, whether we join or not. That, of course, will be a decision for NSW clubs.
Cycling NSW will continue to communicate with our clubs and we are interested in hearing from you as to what information you might need. We are also open to hosting another forum with Cycling Australia if you have questions you’d like to put forward directly regarding the AusCycling proposal.