I’d like to introduce myself and the Executive members of the newly formed Country Sub-Branch;
REGION NORTH Bob FLETCHER Ph 049 347258
Maitland Fax 049 345203
Home Ph 049 347680
REGION NORTH WEST Bob KUPPERS Ph 067 715076
Armidale C/R Fax 067 713465
Home Ph 067 726234
REGION SOUTH Graeme WARTON Ph 069 213922
Turvey Park D Pltn Fax 069 255221
REGION SOUTH WEST Tim SCHOFIELD Ph 080 872233
Broken Hill D Pltn Fax 080 881114
SECRETARY Ron McGEORGE Ph 066 433491
Grafton C/R Fax 066 432638
Home Ph 066 494423
This Sub-Branch has been established to give a voice to the needs and concerns of permanent country Union members, as well as to help the rank and file country members get easier access to a Union representative, and thus, a speedier resolution to any problems if possible at the local level. Therefore, I emphasise that ALL country members are encouraged to contact their respective Regional delegate on any Union matter in the first instance.
This Sub-Branch shall consist of all permanent staff, not being senior officers, permanently stationed or serving outside the GSA and who are not covered by Newcastle or Illawarra Sub-Branches.
The recent rule changes have allowed the Union to devolve delegates in line with the Brigade’s regionalisation. See RED MESSAGES Page 23, NSW Firefighter, Winter 1996.
The Sub-Branch Executive met in Sydney on 11 July 1996 and agreed to hold our
first Sub-Branch meeting in Sydney on Saturday 26 October 1996. This date was selected to give you the opportunity to debate and cast your vote on agenda items for the Union’s AGM in early November.
The Sub-Branch Executive want to hold four Country Sub-Branch meetings per year. Obviously, not all members will be able to attend all meetings. Therefore, we intend to meet at different locations; eg, Wagga Wagga, Broken Hill, North Coast, New England as well as an annual meeting with the Union’s State Committee/Executive in Sydney.
Our working conditions in country areas are different from those in the cities, so talk to your Country Sub-Branch delegate first, he will understand your circumstance.