Club Assistance Scheme (CAS):
Each year, the MAAA uses membership funds for a variety of reasons. One of these is to assist clubs with projects or the purchase of capital equipment– it might be a new mower, gravel for a driveway or a roof on a meeting shed.
In the last financial year approx 17 different clubs from across Australia received a combination of Club Assistance Scheme and MAAA Natural Disaster funding totaling in excess of $50,000.
Next year’s Club Assistance Scheme will open early in the new year - all the details and selection criteria will be contained in the pack.
New MAAA Federal Secretary:
Rhyll McCormack has been selected to replace our interim Federal Secretary, Greg Petherick. Many of you will know Greg stepped in to help us out and has been doing an amazing job, but unfortunately his full time job prevents him from staying in the position much as we would love him to.
Rhyll hails from Victoria and comes from a media background, having spent 15 years as a journalist before moving into a similar position as ours with an organisation called the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria (MCAV). Rhyll has a lot of experience in communication and admin and is keen to hit the floor running. She has already been to Brisbane to meet with some of the Executive and is keen to get out and about across Victoria in the next few months. I know you will all make her feel very welcome.
I encourage you to first contact your State Secretary as they have most of the answers.
Area Approvals– check when yours expires:
IT IS THE CLUBS RESPONSIBILITY TO APPLY FOR A NEW INSTRUMENT THROUGH THE STATE ASSOCIATION AND MAAA PRIOR TO EXPIRY.
Most clubs have an instrument from CASA for their location and if these expire it will result in the suspension of the club activities. It may also result in an investigation by CASA.
All applications for renewal or implementation of new instruments should be initiated with a minimum of 3 months lead time, through the State Association, and MUST include:
· CASA FORM - https://www.casa.gov.au/model-aircraft-flight-authorisation-area-approval
· Updated Club Risk Assessment (on the correct form)
· Stakeholder Engagement - 50km radius of site
· Updated Club Rules/Procedures with version tracking
· Site Location (maps of the area)
· Evidence of landowner permission (including any overflight properties)
· And if completing Model Aircraft Displays;
· Display Procedures.