The FGA Board consists of six Board members, each serving 3-year terms. Appointments are staggered so that two positions expire and are elected each year. We called for nominations earlier this year to fill two positions, however with a recent resignation (Jim Godden), we have three Board positions to fill (two 3-year terms and one 2-year term).
We have received four nominations to fill these three Board positions, and as such are conducting an election by postal vote as per Section 5.3.4 of our Constitution.
Ballot papers and information packs have been distributed to each branch committee for consideration and voting, and all votes must be returned by 4pm (AEDT) on October 12, 2018.
As per the FGA Constitution, Board members are elected through votes from each Branch, and the number of votes each Branch is entitled to depends on how many members that Branch holds.
5.3.7 The Returning Officer shall issue two such ballot papers to a Member Branch of up to 200 Ordinary or Life members and to any Branch having more than 200 Ordinary or Life members, 1 further ballot paper for each multiple of 200 Ordinary or Life members or part thereof in excess of 200.
FGA members may approach their Branch Committee members to discuss the election and candidates.
Each branch will complete their allocated ballot papers, numbering candidates in order of preference (1 for highest preference to 4 for lowest preference) and return to the FGA National Office no later than 4pm (AEDT) on October 12, 2018.
Each ballot paper must be signed by the President or Secretary of each Branch, and only original voting slips will be accepted. Ballot papers returned by fax or email will be recorded as informal and will not be counted in the final tally.
Counting of Votes
The total number of votes received by each candidate will be tallied (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th preferences). As the first preference is marked as ‘1’, a low total indicates high preference for a candidate to be elected. Using this system, the lowest numerical total shall be declared the winner of the first 3-year board term, the second lowest numerical total shall be declared the winner of the second 3-year term and the third lowest numerical total shall be declared the winner of the 2-year term.
A public count of the votes received will take place at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park Hotel, 192 Wellington Parade, Melbourne, Vic, 3002 on Friday 12th October at 7.30 PM. Two independent scrutineers (approved by the Board as per rule 5.3.5 in the FGA Constitution) will oversee the count and validate the results. Any Field & Game Australia Member is welcome to be present during the vote count.
In the event of a tied result a count-back will be conducted using the following method:
- The tied candidates’ number of first preference votes will be counted to determine a result (the candidate with the most ‘1’ votes will be awarded the higher placing). If a tie still exists, then the number of second preference votes will be counted, and so on until a result is determined.
- If the candidates are still tied after all preferences are counted for the first and second position (both equal 3-year terms) then the 1st and 2nd place candidates will be appointed to the equal 3-year terms.
- If more than two people are tied, or a tie exists for the second 3-year term, or a tie exists for the 2-year term, and candidate vote tallies are still tied after all preferences have been counted back then we revert to rule 5.3.11 of the FGA Constitution, and the Chairman shall decide the elected candidate(s) by drawing of lots prior to the announcement being made at the meeting.
Glenn Falla, 51, Geelong (Geelong FGA)
As a father and husband, and a committee member for Geelong Branch, Glenn would be delighted to continue representing you on the Field & Game Australia Board as a volunteer.
Glenn was lucky enough to grow up in Donald, “Duck Country” and later moved to Geelong to start a career with Winchester Australia and begin raising a family. In the years from 1987 to 2017 Glenn progressed through the company from a process worker to Senior Manager.
After 30 years in the ammunition and firearms trade, Glenn now promotes waterfowl hunting through his own business as a hunting outfitter affiliated with Ramsey Russell’s Getducks.com, hosting clients from around the world and sharing hunting experiences from various states of Australia.
Glenn has been an active volunteer for FGA for many years, first becoming a member in 1988, and was co-opted as a Board Member 12 months ago. Glenn has also filled in as the acting General Manager at the FGA National Office for three months while our current CEO was recruited.
Glenn has a passion for duck hunting and dog handling, experience in clay target shooting and assisting school shoots, trade open days and politician shoots and a keen interest in conservation projects.
Glenn’s professional business experience combined with a rural background enables him to connect at all levels, Glenn feels these are the strengths he will bring to the board. Make no mistake though, “sustaining a duck season” and helping the association to have a strong voice through membership engagement and representation is the most important reason Glenn wishes to continue his commitment.
Glenn looks forward to continuing to be your representative.
Mark Daley, 53, Bendigo (Bendigo FGA)
Mark is married with three children and very active within his Bendigo community. Mark is the Managing Director of a successful window manufacturing company that employs 16 staff and he holds a Certificate of Management from Deakin University amongst his qualifications.
Mark possesses excellent interpersonal, business, organisational and managerial skills, together with strong, personal attributes such as integrity, leadership, professionalism and persistence, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to FGA, Hunting, Conservation and Clay Target Shooting through:
- Membership with the FGA Bendigo Branch for about 35 years, with over 9 years as Conservation/Hunting Officer, and recently was presented with a branch Life Membership.
- Frequently hunting game and pest animals, hunting most weekends and organising local and state-wide fox control events on behalf of FGA members.
- Having a passion for duck hunting, as well as hunting quail, pheasant, deer, foxes, rabbits and hare in a typical year. At other times Mark is chasing fish or yabbies.
- Together with his sons, Mark regularly shoots clay targets and has participated in the past six FGA National Championships.
- Liaising with state and federal politicians on behalf of FGA and successfully assisting FGA with political and media events.
- Representing FGA on the Kerang and Boort Environmental Watering Advisory Groups. Mark has significantly raised the profile of hunters as stakeholders and the need to consider the social, environmental and economic factors when allocating environmental water, but Mark says there remains much work to be done.
Mark believes that he has the skills, knowledge, experience and commitment to be a valued, contributing and effective member of the FGA Board of Management.
Daniel Johnson, 34, Geelong (Ballarat FGA)
Over the last 11 years of Daniel’s professional career he has had the opportunity to work within the firearms industry and has gathered a range of skills and knowledge that he believes would be of great assistance to the FGA board.
Daniel’s clay target career started when he was 12, and over many years of competitive clay target shooting he has had the opportunity to be part of the National Australian shooting team and travel internationally.
Married with three daughters, Daniel also currently volunteers as an administrator of a highly popular social media page of over 2000 members. This page is set up to strengthen the clay target community through sharing results, upcoming events and promotional material for all clubs within any association that competes in Sporting Clays (FGA, SCA, ACTA and SSAA).
Daniel would like to bring a fresh set of eyes and youth to all things associated with FGA. He is passionate, able to take feedback, will be proactive to get results for members, and would love to continue to see FGA grow and strengthen for many years to come.
Peter Hawker, 44, Hawthorn East (Frankston FGA)
Peter Hawker has served on the board of Field & Game Australia since 2009 and is currently Vice Chairman of the organisation and head of the finance committee. Peter’s experience is wide-reaching, having worked in small, medium, and corporate businesses within the Agribusiness and Financial Services sectors.
Peter’s experience in maintaining senior business relationships, effective in managing the complex political situation over many years and financial business planning experience are key to the ongoing success of FGA.
Peter enjoys developing and maintaining business relationships, public speaking, educating colleagues, and has a reputation of being loyal with strong interpersonal skills.
Peter currently sits on the Victorian Police Firearm Users Group representing FGA and has also represented FGA on the Combined Firearms Council of Victoria.
Professionally, Peter is a Senior Financial Advisor and holds percentage equity interests in Oak Financial Planning and Oak Accounting. Peter is also a Credit Representative of AMP Financial Planning and is authorised to provide credit advice regarding how to structure debt, suitability of existing loan structures and repayment options.
Peter is also authorised by the Tax Practitioners Board to provide tax (financial) advice services on matters that are directly related to the nature of the financial planning advice. Peter currently holds a Bachelor of Management from Sydney University, Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and holds accreditations for Self-Managed Super Funds and Margin Lending. Peter is also starting Post Graduate studies in Finance towards the end of the year.
Whilst not volunteering for Field & Game Australia, Peter enjoys spending time with his family.