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The Constitution

of the

Friends of Patawalonga Creek
1. Name
2. Objectives
3. Membership
4. Management
5. Finances
6. Meetings
  7. Public meetings
  8. Newsletter
  9. Cessation of membership
10. Alterations to Constitution
11. Dissolution

The FoPC Constitution
as ratified at the AGM, 1 Decemberl 2013


The name of the Society is: The Friends of Patawalonga Creek.


The aims of the Society are:
  1. To preserve the existing biodiversity of the remnant Patawalonga Creek, and by working co-operatively with the site owner, Adelaide Airport Ltd., the City of West Torrens, the Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board, and other organisations, to further enhance its biodiversity value.
  2. To encourage thorough and scientific research into the environmental and social history of the Patawalonga Creek, as well as the wider area formerly known as 'The Reedbeds'.
  3. To promote a greater public understanding of local environmental issues in the local area.
  4. To assist other community groups engaged in preserving local biodiversity.
  5. To provide a public forum for any resident of the West Torrens area to express any concern they may have on matters of environmental importance to the region.


Anyone who is genuinely committed to the above objectives may become a member by having his or her name inscribed into the Society's register of members. Members may be asked to pay a regular annual fee - the amount to be decided by general meeting.


  1. Officers will be elected annually at the AGM. The officers may be:

    Chair; Deputy Chair; Secretary; Treasurer; up to 4 Committee Members
    Other positions as decided by a general meeting.

    Members (other than the above) may be co-opted to assist or deputise in any position.

  2. Decision making of the Society is vested in general meetings, but in the interim the Committee (or any sub-committee delegated by the Committee) may make such decisions. A minimum of half the current financial members who object to a Committee decision may do so in writing to the Secretary. On receipt of such objection, the Secretary must call a special general meeting within three weeks, in order to ratify or reverse the decision objected to by the members.


All monies shall be invested in a bank account in the Society's name, and withdrawals made by authority of 2 out of 3 authorised signatories. A receipt must be issued for all monies received and payments made by cheque.

The assets and income of the organisation shall be applied exclusively to the promotion of its objectives and no portion shall be paid or distributed directly or indirectly to the members of the Society except as bona fide remuneration for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the Society.


  1. General meetings should be held regularly, and may be held in conjunction with other Society events such as workdays.
  2. Committee meetings shall be held as often as felt necessary by the Committee. All financial members are entitled to attend.
  3. There shall be an Annual General Meeting.
  4. Special meetings may be called on specific or emergency issues.
  5. A minute-taker will be elected at each meeting.
  6. Minutes will be a permanent record and show all decisions. These minutes should be confirmed or corrected at the next general meeting and signed by the Chair.
  7. A quorum will be deemed to be half of the financial members.
  8. Motions shall be passed by a vote with a 2/3rds majority.

Public meetings:

No member should make any public statement, press release or the like in the name of the Society unless authorised to do so.


A newsletter recording committee decisions may be produced and delivered to each financial member.

Cessation of membership:

A member may be asked to leave the Society if a 2/3rds majority of members at a general meeting feel his/her actions have compromised the aims of the Society, or such member may simply be censured for his/her action. There must be prior notice of such intention for such expulsion, with a minimum time of one week.

Alterations to Constitution:

Changes to the Constitution may be made at the AGM or by calling a Special General Meeting with such proposed alteration to be circulated in writing three weeks before such meeting.


In the event of the Society being dissolved the amount which remains after such dissolution and the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities shall be paid and applied by the Society in accordance with its powers to any organisation which has similar objectives and which has rules prohibiting the distribution of its assets and income to its members.

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