E.A. & Branches, Opinion 2020
'Stuff ' just keeps dissappearing on Facebook and Forums!
'Stuff ' just keeps dissappearing on Facebook and Forums!
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THE STATE BRANCHES
HOW WAS THIS (E.A. AND STATE BRANCHES) MISMANAGEMENT PERMITTED TO GO ON FOR SO LONG UNSANCTIONED? AN ENDEMIC CULTURE OF ENTITLED BEHAVIOUR.
THE STATE BRANCHES ARE COMPLICIT IN THEIR ACCEPTANCE AND FACILITATION OF E.A.'s GOVERNANCE, THEY RULE WITH THE SAME IMPUNITY:
THE STATE BRANCHES -
WHERE THE ‘ROOTS’ ARE ROTTEN, THE HEAD WON’T BE ANY BETTER
It is pointless to address the governance issues regarding Equestrian Australia without addressing the endemic issues with the State Branches, who by default also receive public funding via their State Governments and from Equestrian Australia's programmes.
Even though the State Branches don’t directly receive funding from Sport Australia they do receive State Government funding via Equestrian Australia administration of funding to the state branches as well as providing other ‘services’. The 6 State Branches are each individually incorporated and were (until September 15th 2020) the only members of Equestrian Australia. Each State Branch pays a proportional membership fee to Equestrian Australia based on their State Membership numbers.
EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIA FORGOT IT’S ABOUT THE HORSES AND THE PEOPLE
HORSES AND PEOPLE MAGAZINE WEBSITE - BY: DENZIL O'BRIEN : June16, 2020
In this opinion piece, Denzil O’Brien, a former EA Chief Executive Officer, weighs in on some of the structural failures that have led to the catastrophic loss of its licence to operate.
Denzil O’Brien was the CEO and then the Chair of Equestrian Australia from 1996-2001, she commented on the 2020 E.A. plight in Horses and People " Currently, the State Branches are not really branches of a national organisation except in name only, as they often act independently, have different rules, charge different fees for different things, and basically run as they like. If the State Branches are to be retained, they need to operate uniformly and consistently. For that to happen, a truly volcanic restructuring will be needed, and the members’ input will be vital."
HORSES MOUTH COMMENT - I have seen no evidence of the State Branches having their "listening ears ' on. Here I refer to Clause 40 ( The Veto!) in the new EA constitution, and the 500+ members signatures - RIDERS FOR REFORM - OPPOSING this clause. Signatories include past Olympians, elite competitors, judges, trainers, supporters and grass roots members.
THE STATE BRANCHES : NOTHING TO SEE HERE -
THE STATE BRANCHES ARE 'SPOTLESS', ROFL
Follow the links and ask yourself if this behaviour is OK with you?
Is it legal under the Corporations Act?
Does it comply with the Branches Constitution?
Why has it taken so long to call it out?
ISSUES - ISSUES - ISSUES- ISSUES- ISSUES - ISSUES-
EQUESTRIAN NEW SOUTH WALES
E.N.S.W. - CONFLICT CLAIMS OVER SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTRE SURFACE UPGRADE
THE AUSTRALIAN- EXCLUSIVE- OLIVIA CAISLEY-FEBRUARY 19, 2020
The tender process used to award more than $1m in taxpayer funds to resurface two arenas at Sydney International Equestrian Centre is under investigation following allegations of conflict of interest.
The contract, awarded to a company connected to the son of Equestrian NSW president and former ACT magistrate Peter Dingwall, has been the subject of an internal inquiry after concerns were raised.
Documents seen by The Australian show that in March 2017, Equestrian NSW made representations to the state’s Office of Sport for funding to upgrade two dressage arenas at the centre, an upgrade it claimed would yield upwards of “$1.2m per annum” for the state economy.
Following an invitation-only tender process, Barrie Smith Motor Sport Pty Ltd was selected to carry out the upgrade. According to tender documents seen by The Australian, the company was the most expensive of the three companies considered.
Mr Dingwall’s son, Stephen, is married to the daughter of Barrie Smith and has worked for his father-in-law’s company, BSM Sport Equestrian, which is the Australian distributor for German arena surfaces company Otto Sport.
Stephen and his wife, Niki, are sales representative for Otto Sport Australia, whose products were used in the upgrades.
In a submission to the Office of Sport, Equestrian NSW chief executive Bruce Farrar described Barrie Smith Motorsport as the “preferred tenderer” because of its “mats technology, international elite experience, commitment to the program and ease of doing business with”.
Mr Farrar failed to disclose the connection between the Dingwalls when signing a “no conflict of interest” declaration on October 25, 2017.
He told The Australian the Equestrian NSW board was not involved in the decision to award the contract to Otto and at no stage did Mr Dingwall seek to influence him.
“The decision to award the contract to Otto was made by the NSW Office of Sport,” he said.
While the original quote was listed in official documents as being $735,438, Equestrian NSW’s 2017-18 annual report shows the total amount awarded by the NSW Office of Sport was “more than a million dollars”.
Peter Dingwall said the tender process was conducted by the NSW Office of Sport. “At no time prior to, during or since the tender process have I had any involvement in the process, nor have I had any communications whatsoever with any employees of the NSW Office of Sport or SIEC concerning the upgrade,” he said. “I have never seen, nor been privy to, the contents of the tender documents issued by the NSW Office of Sport or the submissions made by any tenderers. Consequently, I have never been in a position giving rise to a conflict of interest.”
Letters seen by The Australian show two SIEC employees raised concerns with former NSW director of Olympic Venues Darren Crumpler regarding the Barrie Smith Motorsport connection. In an email sent on December 20, 2017, Mr Crumpler told the employees he was “happy the process has been conducted internally”, “however on reflection an independent expert aside from ENSW would have provided reduced conflicts and clear delineation”. The Office of Sport said it was aware of the matters raised about the upgrade and was looking into it.
Documents have been obtained under FOI from the NSW Office of Sport in relation to a ENSW funding request for two arena upgrades at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre reveal the Office of Sport conducted both an internal investigation specifically examining undeclared conflict of interests and as a result the report has since been referred to the Independent Commission for Corruption ICAC.
RESULT - ICAC identified issues of concern but did not have the funding to pursue them. This statement does not represent a finding of no issues.
FURTHER ACTION - LINKS - INQUIRY
ENSW BOARD ELECTIONS NOVEMBER 2020
CONNECTIONS - MATT MILLER: NSW OFFICE OF SPORT CEO 2017, SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, ENSW
HOW DOES ENSW UNDERSTAND THE WORD ‘INDEPENDENT’?
“Matt Miller is ENSW's "independent" Chair of their Nominations Committee. It is concerning that Mr Miller is presented as an independent consultant when he was in fact CEO of the NSW Office of Sport when the SIEC deal was approved back in 2017 and he signed off a $1 million dollar government grant based on documents prepared by Equestrian NSW
The SIEC arena surfacing issues are now subject to an investigation by ICAC (The Independent Commission Against Corruption)
Alexandra Townsend has thrown her “hat into the ring” looking for ENSW members’ vote to become part of Equestrian New South Wales new Board, with many suggesting that she is being groomed to be the next Chair, as Peter Dingwall steps aside. As the proprietor of the beautifully appointed Wallaby Hill equestrian complex implicated in the matter of a $1m contract that was awarded to ENSW Chair Peter Dingwall’s Son, Ms Townsend's installation was the ONLY reference for the successful tenderer Barrie Smith Motors, an agent for the German riding surface company Otto Sport.
Alexandra Townsend did not declare any conflict of interest when providing the reference to the NSW Office of Sport. This is especially concerning when the surface from Wallaby Hill was subsequently dug up and re-used in the SIEC project. The SIEC documentation does not note the use of pre-used materials, and the nodules in the second-hand surface from Wallaby Hill caused injuries to horses which were officially noted and reported to the FEI. The surface was not fit for purpose and required major repairs to rectify the defect.
The case is set down to be heard by ICAC (the Independent Commission Against Corruption) sometime in the future, believed to be 2021.
Documents obtained under FOI (Freedom of Information) show that the Terms of Reference (Tender) documents and Finance Application for the SIEC job were researched and prepared by ENSW CEO Bruce Farrar (even though the SIEC is a government asset and not owned by his employer ENSW). The current “Independent” Chair of ENSW Nominations Committee is Matthew Miller, who signed off on the SIEC funding application in 2017 when he was Chief Executive at The NSW Office of Sport.”
This is a serious matter hanging over a number of people in the loop and a negative ICAC finding could affect the entire ENSW Board. Alexandra Townsend did not declare any conflict of interest or indicate that she was an ENSW board member when providing the reference to the NSW Office of Sport. This is especially concerning when the surface from Wallaby Hill was subsequently dug up and re-used in the SIEC project. The SIEC documentation does not note the use of pre-used materials, and the nodules in the second-hand surface from Wallaby Hill caused injuries to horses which were officially noted and reported to the FEI. The surface was not fit for purpose and required major repairs to rectify the defect.
If Alexandra is to be eligible to stand in the ENSW board election, the Nominations Committee should first be asking the following questions and publishing the answers on the ENSW Facebook page, before the close of the voting.
Members should know:
1 Who approached Alexandra Townsend and suggested the unsatisfactory Wallaby Hill arena surface could be reused in the SIEC project? What was the timeline here, when did they approach her, or did Wallaby Hill approach Barrie Smith or Stephen Dingwall?
2 Was the surface at Wallaby Hill removed because it was faulty or not fit for purpose? If so, why then did they then agree for the surface to be reused at SIEC?
3 Did Alexandra Townsend or Wallaby Hill receive any payment for the removal of the surface, either cash or in-kind? Did Wallaby Hill pay full price for the addition of the Otto Sport gallop track, or was a deal made in relation to the arena removal?
4 Given the Wallaby Hill surface was used in the SIEC arena resurfacing project, why didn’t Alexandra Townsend declare a “Conflict of Interest” when she provided the sole reference for Barrie Smith Motorsports.
5 Otto Sport went on to sponsor the Otto Sport 3DE at Wallaby Hill. Did Wallaby Hill receive cash, product or any in-kind payment for the naming rights? Was this sponsorship linked in any way to the installation of the gallop track or the removal of the arena surface?
6 Did Alexandra Townsend attend the ENSW board meetings where the SIEC funding project was discussed. Did she declare a conflict of interest to the ENSW board or CEO Bruce Farrar?
7 Was Alexandra Townsend aware that they were not listed as a sub-contractor or component supplier in the Barry Smith Motorsport tender documents, as required by law for government tenders?
8 Was Alexandra Townsend aware that the builder they used a for several projects at Wallaby Hill (PHM Building Co) worked on the SEIC project but were also not listed as a component supplier or sub-contractor?
9 Was Alexandra Townsend involved in the setting of the tender requirements? At ENSW’s advice, the tender was restricted to ebb & flow type arenas and limited the companies who could supply this very specialist product?
10 Is there any commercial relationship between Alexandra Townsend or Wallaby Hill with Barry Smith Motorsport, or any company owned by Barrie Smith, or his relatives? If so, what is the nature of the relationship?
11 Did Alexandra Townsend or Wallaby Hill put in an application to ENSW for the repair of the road at Wallaby Hill?
THE MATT MILLER CONNECTION - E.N.S.W.
E.N.S.W. APPOINTMENTS - MATT MILLER CARRIES HEAVY BAGGAGE!
#impartiality, #bias, #E.N.S.W, #board, #ex, #culture, #Miller, #S.I.E.C., #suitabilty, #performance,
MESSAGE TO MEMBERS - EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIA UPDATE FROM E.N.S.W.- Matt Miller ‘Independent Chair ‘ of the State Branches Governance Committee for E.A.
#Miller, #impartial?, #Qualified?, #independent!, #Governance Committee, #EA
MATT MILLER’S HISTORY - Re: Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre closure
#ex, #C.V, #Miller, #suitabilty, #performance, #Sport N.S.W.
MATT MILLER AND HIS S.I.E.C. AND E.N.S.W. CONNECTIONS
SUE MIDDLETON – RECENT EX E.N.S.W. BOARD MEMBER
#Bullied, #threats, #E.N.S.W, #board, #ex, #culture
SUE MIDDLETON- ON MATT MILLER
SUE MIDDLETON – ON BEHAVIOURS AND MANAGEMENT OF E.N.S.W
#unconstitutional,#mismanagement,#abuse,#ICAC,#MattMiller,#independent, , #E.N.S.W Nominations Committee, #S.I.E.C resurfacing, #Wallaby Hill, #impartiality?, #Veto,
E.N.S.W. AGM 2020 – SOME VERY PERTINENT QUESTIONS – ASIC SHOULD BE ADVISED
#AGM, Branch, #Board, #election, #financials, #ASIC, #Corporations Act, #legality, #directors, #compliance, #delays, #avoidance, #ICAC
EA ADMINISTRATION – FACTS, FAIRNESS, FICTION , STATUS QUO,
POSTSCRIPT - Alexandra Townsend was elected to the ENSW Board November 2020
2021 THE CONTINUING SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTRE SAGA
DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS OF EA – SIEC ARENAGRATE
Dirty Little Secrets of Equestrian Australia shares with you, The Hon. Mark Latham's findings that have been dubbed "Arena Great - Not so Much!", here is part 1.
Scrutiny is now coming from those outside the equestrian community with politicians and government representatives who have looked at the way the 2017 funding application and tender document came about, and how the job was subsequently awarded to the most expensive and least experienced contractor, who just happens to be a very close relative of the ENSW Chairman - even after a document was signed pledging that there were no conflicts and it was an open and transparent call for expressions of interest.
The conflicts of interest, high cost of the original works then the necessary repairs and restoration, faulty workmanship and undisclosed use of second-hand materials have combined to result in complaints to Sport Australia, the FEI, and many outside the sport are now calling to have the surface deemed unfit for purpose, ripped up and replaced.
This in itself is damning, but the controversy continues and has now reached the highest level of national governance ... yes, equestrian is famous again, and as history repeats, the fame comes for all the wrong reasons!
The "Latham Arenagreat Papers" will be shared in four instalments so watch this space.
MANDATORY HENDRA VACCINATION - CALL FOR MEETING TO REMOVE E.N.S.W. DIRECTORS - March 2015
The resolutions passed by members at the February 2015 General Meeting of ENSW represent their outrage regarding any imposition of mandatory Hendra virus vaccination as a pre-requisite for competition.