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Posted on Jan 05, 2017

2017 is set to be a big year for Rural Youth. During our strategic planning day members came together to develop a great direction for the organisation, which has been put into a draft strategic plan ready for comment. Our priorities include things like focusing on increasing our presence in schools to bump up our 15-16-year-old membership, developing Quercus to attract more site hires, and ensuring that all our safety and compliance requirements are met by all members.

One of the biggest issues in terms of compliance for us now is making sure that all our members aged 16 and over have their ‘Working with Vulnerable People’ cards. This has caused a lot of discussion amongst current and past members about the legitimacy of the registration but at the end of the day Rural Youth is not above the law and having the registration is the law.

Over the show season clubs have been out and about spreading the Rural Youth word. Since my last report Devonport Club ran the ute competition at Devonport Show and North West Region had a stand at Circular Head Show to let everyone know of the opportunities the organisation offers. One of the biggest benefits of getting our name out there is being recognised by others in the agriculture industry. We have been approached by numerous organisations looking to partner with us, which is fantastic.

Many people offered up their homes for our overseas exchangees. Thank-you to everyone who took the time to show them around the state and show them a good time.

Well done to everyone who has been elected to an office bearer position within their clubs. Good luck for the coming year. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

 Ashley Evans 

Rural Youth State President

 

Welcome to 2017!

Our strategic planning weekend went extremely well – thank you to all who attended.  With the help of our facilitator, Bryce Ives we have been able to collate all of the information and come up with a draft for members to consider.  This was emailed to all members on December the 19th – please take the time to read it and let us know what you think.  Subject to member support at AGM this will be our blueprint to work off for the next couple of years.

Talking of the strategic planning day - two things stood out for me very strongly – the consensus of why we want to be involved with Rural Youth – for the friendships and fun – this was recognised as our most valued asset and something that is reflected in our draft strategic plan.  The other key finding was the unanimous desire for organisational restructure to better reflect what our organisation and members need to continue to grow and enjoy our organisation.  To this end Ashley and I have been working with Bryce to come up with a new structure and recommendations which will address these concerns and make everyone’s life easier.  This draft document will be sent to members at the end of January for their consideration, which will be followed several weeks later with a Q & A session for those who wish to attend, (through videoconferencing at UTAS at all three campuses – this will be confirmed closer to the date).  The future of the plan and the recommendations will be decided at the AGM in February.  Again I urge you all to be involved in this process – we are keen to know what you think!

The above combined with the developments at Quercus will keep us busy in the coming weeks – 2017 is shaping to be an exciting year for Rural Youth!  The changes and progress members have been asking for are starting to happen –  come to AGM and have your say!

 Karen Robinson

General Manager