Next Tuesday, 14th May, a general meeting will be held at the Cumberland Lounge of BankWest Stadium to again vote on the adoption of a new constitution for Parramatta Leagues Club.
As many PLC members are aware, an important objective for ILGA appointed Administrator, Max Donnelly, has been to implement governance reforms at the club via a new constitution which would incorporate transitioning the leagues club’s board back to member elections.
To that end, his constitution proposes the merit appointment of a new board, with triennial elections to follow. This would take the form of a three year cycle where two, two, then three board members would progressively be subject to elections for their positions.
Earlier this year, a petition organised by opponents to Mr Donnelly’s processes argued that the first board should be elected by members. They rejected any consideration of the appointed skills-based board model proposed by Donnelly.
The Cumberland Throw supports Max Donnelly’s proposed constitution, including the appointment of the first board. (Our full 2018 interview with Max Donnelly can be heard here.) We cannot afford a return to the factional fighting which has long featured in Parramatta Leagues Club elections.
An organisation which has total assets of over one hundred million dollars, and a $150 million hotel development looming, requires the best qualified people on its board, especially as it transitions to triennial member elections. Importantly, history has proven that a well governed PLC is crucial to the Parramatta Eels.
To that end, we encourage any eligible PLC member to make the effort to attend the meeting on Tuesday 14th May.
For Mr Donnelly to appoint a board, 75 per cent of leagues club members must approve his proposed constitution. It’s rare for meetings to draw much more than 200 voting members. If such a number again attend, it will only require around 50 opponents to prevent the adoption of the new constitution.
We therefore need to maximise support for Max at the general meeting, and that can only happen with more members attending. Hopefully, previous opponents might also realise that continued opposition is only prolonging Max’s stay.
The longer this drags on, the longer Max Donnelly will remain in his Administrator position. Every time this constitution is rejected, the transition of control to members is delayed.
Paul Garrard has been one of the most prominent opponents to Max Donnelly. He’s been quoted as saying, “You are going to always get factions – it doesn’t matter if you have a tuckshop or a club.”
Let that comment sink in. Why should we accept factionalism as easily as that?
Max Donnelly’s constitution offers a solution.
Please attend the meeting to support his constitution and a path to a better future.
The details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday 14th May
Location: Cumberland Lounge, Level 1, BankWest Stadium – Entry via Gate F, Western side
Time: 7pm (registrations from 6pm)
Please note – For member who are time poor, voting will be possible after the meeting preliminaries are completed (approximately 5 minutes after the commencement of the meeting).
The ballot box will be opened from then so that you can cast your vote and leave. Of course, if you enjoy a debate you are welcome to stay and listen before voting.