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From the Chairman - Term 1, 2019
Welcome back to Westcoast for another great year. I hope you have had a lovely holiday break and are refreshed and ready to participate in the many activities that the planners have arranged for us. There are some special things happening this term, so please read through the newsletter to see what is of most interest to you.

You may be interested to know that the committee has recently been working to review and refresh the strategic plan. Changes in the regulatory and operational landscape were identified, key risks assessed, priorities considered and a number of plans formulated to be implemented over the coming three year period. One of Westcoast’s key risks is loss of access to the Grove Library Complex due to a fire or other disaster. Some years ago it was decided that to address this risk, Westcoast should build up and maintain sufficient cash reserves to be able to operate elsewhere for a period of 6 months if necessary. The likely costs for this (including our usual administrative expenses plus the additional costs of operating elsewhere) have been updated and are now estimated to be between $75,000 and $80,000. This amount has been set aside as a contingency reserve, invested in a term deposit so as to earn interest.

As always, the Annual General Meeting will be held in Term 1 and a new committee must be elected. We are always looking for members with enthusiasm and new ideas to join the committee, so I encourage you to consider doing so.

I step down as Chairman at the AGM in March, so this is my last newsletter column. It has been a privilege to work with you all and to serve Westcoast as its Chairman for the past three years.

Connie Chapman, Chairman.

Rules of Association - Update

The WCC Management Committee has been advised that the WCC Rules of Association (Constitution), lodged after acceptance by special resolution at the AGM on 21 March 2018, have been accepted by the DMIRS (Consumer Protection). Great news - and congratulations to all involved for their hard work. The new Rules of Association are effective as at 9 May and may be downloaded here