The BWA Board recently undertook a strategic review to analyse the best possible long-term outcomes for its members in a time of declining membership numbers, and the reduced availability of both Government and corporate support funding. Although BWA reported a small loss for last financial year, the Board determined that despite reductions in staffing during the past year, that the needs of its members would be better served through a merger with WestCycle. BWA events such as The Dams, Kalamunda 100, and the Ride2Work Breakfast, which provided about 50 percent of BWA’s revenue. These events will now be promoted and managed by WestCycle. There has been recent cooperation between the two entities: during the past year BWA held cooperative successful events with WestCycle, including the York Cyclo.
Following the Annual General Meeting, the Extraordinary General Meeting of BWA on 20th June 2019, which I attended, it was resolved to merge BWA with WestCycle who will take over the membership and assets of BWA – the two organisations have operated out of the same premises in West Leederville for some time. This merger will create a single entity to represent the voice of cyclists and is slated to provide more efficient governance and management. This merger follows on from the recent merger of CycleSportWA with WestCycle.
WestCycle was created to become an interface between the cycling community and the Government, to produce a state-wide plan for cycling activity, and to undertake advocacy for the cycling community in general. It functions under an independent board, with its CEO Matt Fulton managing its operations. A Road Cycling Recreation Advisory Group has been appointed to be responsible for the oversight of recreational cycling in Western Australia and to provide strategic input to the Board of WestCycle and operational input to the WestCycle staff. I will represent Over 55 Cycling Club on the Recreational Advisory Group.
John Morhall – Vice President.
22nd June 2019