CRA - The "R" stands for Residents
There is widespread dissatisfaction amongst residents of the CRA community about the manner in which the newly, self-elected CRA Executive Committee came into office. The subsequent conduct of certain elements of the Executive is destroying the CRA reputation built up over many years with the residents. This loss of reputation will become increasingly difficult to rebuild over time.
On 2 July a formal call for a Special General Meeting (SGM) to address these issues, signed by over 70 residents of the CRA community, was sent to the CRA chairperson. The Chairperson of the CRA Executive has dismissed this legitimate request by CRA members without even discussing her decision with the CRA executive committee.
We are now urging residents to take matters back into their own hands, and force the CRA executive to honor the rules of the constitution. Any resident of Craighall, Craighall Park and Dunkeld West can support this initiative by signing the petition below. You have the option to suppress your name if you don’t want it to appear in public.
When it comes to the SGM, only paid up members can vote so we urge you to sign up and pay your fees so you too can have a say in how our suburb is run. If you have already paid, please provide your street address and remember that paid up householders in a complex also have a vote.
The full text for the formal call for SGM is included below
Formal Requirement for Special General Meeting of the Craigpark Residents Association as provided for in paragraph 12.4 of the Constitution of the Association:
This correspondence has been authorized by in excess of 30 contributing members of the Craigpark Residents Association (CRA).
The purpose of this correspondence is to compel the calling of a Special General Meeting (SGM) of the CRA in accordance with the provisions paragraph 12.4 of the Constitution of the CRA.
The business to be discussed at the SGM is to consider and vote on motions brought collectively on behalf of by the members of the CRA who have signed in support of this correspondence on the following terms:
1.1 no election took place the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of 29 May 2019, or alternatively,
1.2 to the extent that members of the Executive Committee took office by default owing to the failure of the AGM to conduct an election, this process was inconsistent with past practices adopted by the CRA in such matters and violates the spirit of the Constitution of the CRA.
2 That if the motion above is passed, that:
2.1 the members of the Executive Committee for the time being as established following the AGM and the members of the Executive Committee as it existed prior to the AGM be called upon to tender their individual resignations; and
2.2 an ad hoc leadership committee comprising Harry Rosen (the Chairperson of the CRA as at the date of the last AGM), Lance Drake (the Treasurer of the CRA as at the date of the last AGM and designated as Treasurer of the Executive Committee that assumed office following the AGM) and Melanie Vogt-Theron (the Chairperson of the Executive Committee that assumed office following the AGM) be appointed by the SGM to assume responsibility for the conduct of the business of the CRA in consultation with the former members of the Executive as at the date of the last AGM and with the former members of the Executive that assumed office following the AGM; and that
2.3 the ad hoc leadership committee take such steps as may be necessary to convene a further SGM within no more than 90 days following the passing of this motion, the purpose of which SGM will be to elect an Executive of the CRA.
To the extent that the Chairperson believes it necessary that a formal motion to this effect be distributed to members of the CRA prior to the SGM, it is requested that the Chairperson schedule the timing of the SGM and the notices required for the SGM to take place in consultation with the writer. Should the Chairperson be satisfied that motions may be raised from the floor at the SGM, the chairperson is requested to schedule the SGM in consultation with the writer.
To the extent that the Chairperson declines to call the SGM as required in terms of the Constitution or believes that the motion articulated above is legally incompetent, it is requested that the Chairperson notify all members of the CRA of her decision providing reasons in writing.
I attach hereto the names and signature of in excess of 30 contributing members of the CRA as required for the calling of an SGM.Signed,