Tasmanian Times

Bob Hawkins

Sirolli breaks the silence

Huon Valley guessing games In last Wednesday’s (October 17) issue of the Huon Valley News, the Sirolli Institute broke its silence (TT The Sirolli Silence, here), reporting that “much has happened behind the scenes” — which is exactly what I have been complaining about: that far too much goes on “behind the scenes” in the Huon Valley with the community being left in the dark.


HVN’s confusing unauthored report (which reads like a press release) tells how Dr Ernesto Sirolli had “contacted and met with members of the Huon Valley community who had the expertise and willingness to form a project management team of volunteers with the responsibility for managing the two-year pilot project”.

The report continues: “Once the team was assembled, Huon Sirolli Network [HSN] was incorporated in late August.”

Then, with no earlier explanation in the release, an “association” appears, thus: “The association’s committee members are Ambrose Coad as president, Tricia Reardon as vice president, David de Burgh as treasurer and public officer, and Scott McKibben, Rosemary Bennett and Debbie Owens as members.”

So there we are: possibly 150 people signed up on June 4 to offer assistance to the Sirolli project yet none of them that I have met in the months since has heard a word, even though all the time, it seems, Sirolli was working with a select few.

Now, with legal constraints placed around the Sirolli project, all those “interested people” are being invited to make “expressions of interest in being part of the resource group” to “aid the work of the [yet to be appointed] enterprise facilitator” of what is now a legally incorporated body.

The Sirolli Institute should now email or write to everyone who signed the “interest” sheets at the June 4 public meeting and bring them up to date.

HSN Inc’s constitution should also be made public so that “interested people” can more clearly see what it is that they are getting into; and what those who have worked “behind the scenes” have come up with. Another thought: are HSN Inc and “the association” one and the same thing? I tend to think they are.

Also can’t help thinking of Sirolli’s words when he stressed so strongly to the June 4 meeting that the only way to help people is to first ask them what they want.

Nevertheless, I sincerely hope something good for the Huon Valley does come of a project that, like so many before it, has got off to a secret start-up and, more unfortunately, a back-to-front consultation process. — Bob Hawkins

Earlier, by Bob Hawkins:
The Sirolli Silence
Sirolli who?
Hope for the Huon … and Tasmania?

All Bob Hawkins, here

First published: 2012-10-22 03:37 AM

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  1. emkaydubbya

    November 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    #5 Wrong again, Philip with one ‘l’. I am not suggesting that people who can’t spell should be excluded from the list of people who are prepared to donate their time to the process of being on a board to help develop enterprise and employment in the valley. What I am suggesting is that people should be included if they are genuinely interested in helping the people in the valley. The comments: “The people chosen for the board are meant to have an involvement in business, and an understanding of business enterprise. If you weren’t chosen, then perhaps you have neither” still stands. Do you have business acumen? Are you genuinely interested in improving the lot of ALL people in the valley? Perhaps the people chosen to be on this board have a genuine interest in ALL people in the valley, and are interested in the benefits of the valley residents. The attitude promulgated by some newcomers (and some of the established so-called ‘mainland intelligentsia’) which seems to suggest that they are right, everyone else is wrong, and the locals are all idiots, has tended to rub people up the wrong way.
    So, what DID happen at the most recent meeting?

  2. emkaydubbya

    November 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    #4 You’ve missed the point again, Philip with one ‘l’. If exclusion [of the list] occurred, I never implied that it was because they can’t spell. My comment was that those on the list should, presumabley, have “…an involvement in business, and an understanding of business enterprise. If you weren’t chosen, then perhaps you have neither.” I should have also mentioned that perhaps what is required [of this recently appointed volunteer board, comprised of unpaid members who are giving up their time] is an interest in the betterment of the WHOLE community. Perhaps those who composed “the list” have tried to include those who have lived here for a long time, AND those who have come here with an attitude of being involved in the existing community, but who also value those already in the community. Perhaps, just perhaps, those excluded may have shown that their intentions are of imposing themselves OVER the rest of the community. Not everyone who is new to the community is an asset, just because they think of themselves as “educated, smart, and the only important people in town. Some new arrivals think that their opinions and aspirations are the only ones that count! Believe it or not, there ARE some LOCALS who know a thing or two, and not all locals are fools.

    However, I do agree with you when you enquire: “I am still curious to know who that ‘someone’ might be.”

    Also, what did happen at the meeting? I stil want to know. The letter I have since received about the meeting/process didn’t explain much.

  3. emkaydubbya

    October 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Do tell! How did it go?

  4. Blow In

    October 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    So how did it go ????

  5. Kim Wilson

    October 30, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Information Session for Huon Sirolli Network

    Tonight Wednesday 31st October , Huon Sirolli Foundation Information Session
    Apple & Pear Suite
    Huon Linc Building
    Sale Street

    This would be a perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

    Apologies in advance for any minor spelling mistakes I may make 🙂

  6. Philip Dickinson

    October 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Yes I know, when you assume, you make an ASS of U and Me.

    Looking back at my earlier comment I suggested that someone in high office may have proposed the list, no mention of the council.

    The problem is, it seems to me, that whilst the Huon Valley may be famous for its mushrooms, the people of the Huon Valley don’t necessarily want to be kept in the dark and fed s**t!

    Perhaps you have some insight into how the list of names was arrived at. If so, maybe you could share that info with the wider community.

    Oh and that’s Philip with one L. I know how important correct spelling is to some on this forum.

  7. Kim Wilson

    October 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    @ Phillip – I was always told never to assume anything !

    Where is your proof that someone in the council advised the Sirolli Foundation on who to pick ?

    If you have no proof this would be an inneundo !

  8. Philip Dickinson

    October 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    “emkaydubbya, who ever that is!”

    Wow, what a coincidence, if Deputy Mayor Mike Wilson had a middle initial ‘K’ he would be able to use emkaydubbya.
    Not that I think any of our elected officials would contemplate manipulating the make up of the project management team/board in order to influence the outcomes

    I don’t think your apoligises[sic] will carry any weight with MKW Robin!

  9. Robin Halton

    October 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    #7 emkaydubbya, who ever that is! I later realised my mistake, my apoligises to the Doyle family from the Huon area.
    All I am pointing out the event reported in the Mercury is probably going to be an expensive setback for the Huon Council who obviously is trying to hold the community together during tough economic times.

  10. emkaydubbya

    October 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Wrong again! “General Manager of Huon Valley Gary Doyle…” The General Manager is NOT Gary Doyle. Gary Doyle (deceased) was the (former) Deputy Mayor of Huon Valley Council. The General Manager of HVC is Glen Doyle (no relation). Check your facts.

  11. Robin Halton

    October 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Interesting article in Saturday’s Mercury; things not going too well on Council eh!

    Bullying Claim Probed:

    General Manager of Huon Valley Gary Doyle and another Senior Manager have taken indefinite leave in the wake of alleged bullying within the Council. Private investigators have been brought in the Council’s lawyers are involved.

    No doubt the ratepayer will cop the consequences.

  12. Philip Dickinson

    October 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    #4 The people chosen for the board are meant to have an involvement in business, and an understanding of business enterprise. If you weren’t chosen, then perhaps you have neither.

    Okay, so someone went through the list of interested parties and excluded all those that couldn’t spell. Then assumed that the remaining 5 must have solid business acumen and put their names forward for the board. Brilliant!

    I am still curious to know who that ‘someone’ might be.

  13. emmkaydubbya

    October 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Comments above may be interesting and may even have a point. However, I can’t take seriously (on a website which purports to be from literate person) people who misspell their comments, however passionately or deeply held those comments may be. Grandeur, surely, from the first comment. From the third comment, it is very well known to be the Sirolli Institute Enterprise Facilitation, not “Sorelli” as stated. The people chosen for the board are meant to have an involvement in business, and an understanding of business enterprise. If you weren’t chosen, then perhaps you have neither.

  14. Treeger

    October 24, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Has due process been followed? Can someone point to the advert in the area for the public meeting needed to legally set up this incorporated body.

    Otherwise this Sorelli initiative could be spending $300odd K of someone else’s money and operating with no legal remit. Another danger of doing these things in secret.


    States that:

    When you have all these pieces of paper you will need to organise a meeting of the organisation to approve the Incorporation and adopt the new constitution/rules. Before the meeting you will have to identify people interested in being members and office bearers in the new association.
    Type out the formal motions –
    “I move that the [name of Association] be formed, and that the [name of Association] constitution and rules be those circulated at this meeting.”
    Moved &&&&&&&&. Seconded &&&&&&&&

    “I move that the [name of Association] incorporate as an incorporated association under the provisions of the Associations Incorporation Act.” Moved &&&&&&&&. Seconded &&&&&&&&.

    “I move that the [name of the new Association] be [first preference intended name], or if that name is not approved [second preference intended name], or if that name is not approved [third preference intended name].”
    Moved &&&&&&&&. Seconded &&&&&&&&.

    Arrange for one person to move each motion and another to second it.

    Print out copies of the Agenda, the Motions and the Constitution for as many people as you think will come.

    At the meeting you must appoint your officebearers, a Public Officer (see below) and a person to make the application (this last person can be the same person as the Public Officer)

    Public Officer
    When a group is incorporated, one member must be appointed as Public Officer. The Public Officer is responsible for supplying the Comissioner of Corporate Affairs with an annual return on the prescribed form (see below) and informing the office if:

    there’s a change of Public Officer or a change of registered address
    there’s a change of name
    the association becomes a trustee
    the association is winding up

    All of these must be notified to the Commissioner on a special form, (see forms below) and there is a charge attached.
    An application for incorporation
    Once the public meeting has passed the resolutions to incorporate and approved the rules of the association, you have to lodge your application form with:

    Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading
    GPO Box 1244
    Hobart TAS 7001
    or fill it out online; see the link below.

  15. Philip Dickinson

    October 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Since, presumably, the Sirolli Institute wouldn’t know the people who signed up from a bar of soap, I would be really interested to know how the members of the project management team were chosen.
    In the absence of information regarding the process, and since there was no meeting where anyone with an interest could observe that process, I am going to assume that someone of high office in the Huon Valley must have looked at the list and proposed a number of suitable candidates.
    Sir Humphrey Appleby would be proud!

  16. ricoft

    October 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

    “Huon Together”? I think not. Just another secret NGO with illusions of grandure.

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