AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF KARTING NSW Inc.
It is Business as Usual
23rd JANUARY 2019
I take a leaf out of one of our Member Club’s posts on Facebook yesterday and with a large amount of excitement and pride, I would like to say that it is “business as usual” for Karting NSW. As a Board we have always and only focused on doing the right thing for our membership, and our commitment is to continue doing so for you all – now and into the very bright future.
I want to assure all of you that:
- All our insurances are in place and their bona fides have been accepted by the Department of Sport & Recreation. (These insurance details have been available on our website for some time at www.kartingnsw.com.au)
- Your Track Licences remain valid
- KNSW still has the authority and will continue to issue the appropriate permits for practice and competition for KNSW Members going forward
- Our Calendar is in place and brings the anticipation of some great affordable racing
- Our financial position is solid
So please do not be confused with recent media from Karting Australia about them expelling us. It does not change anything for KNSW Inc., and we have indeed prepared for this outcome over the last few months. Our motivation to remain a member to this point was to continue to hold the Australian Karting Association Ltd (T/A Karting Australia) to account, (and we will continue to do so) on items that matter to all of you and to safeguard our Member’s rights, assets and interests. But I will not bore you with the politics or the matters at law at this stage, it’s been tedious – except that I will say we reserve all legal rights and will employ them to proper and sensible effect. The Board will run with this and we will consult with the Karting New South Wales Council (KNSWC) (the old SKC) at the appropriate time. The Board’s eyes are set forward, and we move on to our own independent pathway with confidence and good spirit.
We thank you for your patience, and our much anticipated 2019 Competition Rules has broken cover and is on-line now. Early reviews and comments are extremely complimentary. Still a few tweaks to do here and there, but I am sure you will agree it is an amazing piece of work that has been put together by a very dedicated group of our Members and Officials. It is first class, very much simplified, professionally written and formatted, shows excellent balance for all equipment and will provide an environment where our Karters and Officials can get back to good, honest competition, and most importantly is Family friendly, cost effective, safe and fun.
Our licences are cheaper and we are immediately returning value back to our Members. We have a great resource of ready and eager officials. We will provide sufficient timing encoders to support our competition shortly. The tyres we have chosen, have been well received and are performing beyond our expectations. Our Member Management System – MyKarting™ Portal - is in place and we have provided some officials training for the first few events in the calendar with more to come. So, lots of ticks in lots of boxes, and we are only just getting started.
We understand that AKA Ltd (T/A KA) may write directly to Clubs with all sorts of demands. Do not be intimidated or concerned but merely refer the correspondence to the KNSW State Secretary for advice and handling. We will deal with any issue thrown our way one at a time, and we will get through it. Good will prevail.
I will also take this opportunity to highlight a very important point in regards renewing your membership with Karting NSW for 2019. The correct place to do that is in the MyKarting™ Portal on our website www.kartingnsw.com.au It is our understanding that Karting Australia NSW has been emailing our members directly and causing significant confusion with directions to join them. This is also particularly galling because they chose to disaffiliate KNSW and our Clubs earlier in the week. Do not be fooled by this attempt to take your membership money. We have reports of this already happening to some of our Members. If you have inadvertently fallen prey to this activity, you should demand your money be returned immediately. We do not want any of our members thinking they have renewed their membership with us and then turn up at an event only to find they are not members nor covered by our insurances. If you have any concerns or are confused about the process, please contact the KNSW State Secretary on (02) 47315000.
KNSW prides itself on behaving ethically and with integrity and we will continue to maintain open and transparent communications with Members whom we hold in great respect. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Welfare Directors, myself or any Board Member or Office Staff if you have any questions or concerns. Change is always difficult especially of this magnitude.
Chairman Karting New South Wales Inc.
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