Tsunami of new blood and nothing boring in 2012 depa election results

The State Electoral Office wrote to all financial members calling for nominations and at noon on Friday 23 March, the Electoral Office declared elected nine candidates for the nine available positions. The election was uncontested and all positions were filled. Move along Barry, nothing boring to see here.

Two new young women planners will join the Committee.  Joanne Dunkerley is a planner and our delegate at Great Lakes and Selina McNally is also a planner and our delegate at Nambucca.  Both nominated and were declared elected and will join a Committee with considerable experience and expertise in managing the policies and action of the union. And with Jo Doheny, a woman, our delegate and a planner from Gosford elected as a Vice President, (Jo was appointed to the Committee in September last year to fill a casual vacancy) and Kerry Hunt, a long-serving member of the Committee in a variety of positions over many years, we at last have female representation proportionate to the number of women amongst our members.

Four women in a Committee of ten and with a nice range of ages that more appropriately reflects the demographics of our members too.

The new Committee takes office from 1 May for a two year term.

Andrew Spooner was re-elected to the position of President and Jamie Loader was declared re-elected as the second Vice President.

And Jim Boyce, Les Green and Paul O'Brien make up the remainder of the Committee.

Members of the Committee (with the addition of the Secretary) and their councils are:



Andrew Spooner


Vice Presidents

Jo Doheny



Jamie Loader



Jim Boyce

Ex Taree and looking


Joanne Dunkerley

Great Lakes


Les Green

Ex Bankstown and temping


Kerry Hunt



Selina McNally



Paul O’Brien

Ex Blayney and Cobar next month


That’s five experienced members of the Committee,  Jo who was appointed last year and two very fresh and enthusiastic delegates. A good range of ages, the gender balance is good and all the relevant professional qualifications. The new Committee will meet for the first time at our strategic planning session in May. I can’t wait.

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