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2018 AGM for the TCIA

8pm Thursday 26 July 2018

The TCIA’s  Annual General Meeting will be held in the upstairs boardroom at The Republic Bar – 299 Elizabeth St, Hobart.

Several of the crew will be meeting downstairs for dinner at 7pm if you’d like to turn up a little earlier.

This is your opportunity to influence the direction and running of the TCIA. Please come along, have your say, and maybe put your hand up to help out.

Changes to recertification process

In previous years, the TCIA has asked members to provide evidence of their current first aid qualifications when applying for recertification. In line with other outdoor professional bodies in Australia, we have made the decision to no longer require this evidence when you submit your logbook for recertification.

Our focus remains on the training and ongoing development of quality climbing and abseiling instructors and guides in Tasmania.

It is, however, a community expectation that outdoor professionals hold current first aid qualifications, the TCIA strongly encourages you to pursue and maintain these to support safe work practices in both your vocational and recreational endeavours.

2017 AGM Minutes

Please see here for the minutes of the meeting:

Among other things, the new executive was elected, with only one major change. Bill Baxter stepping aside as president and Tim Whelan taking his place.

President: Tim Whelan
Vice President: Garry Phillips
Secretary: Stu Scott
Treasurer: Richard Youd
Membership Secretary: Renee Harrington
Executive: Bill Baxter, Jess Westbury, Alex Wilson.

Other reports tabled at the meeting:
President’s Report
Treasurer’s Report (aka Profit & Loss)

Training & Assessment dates decided:
October 14th & 15th 2017
March 24th & 25th 2018

A safety note regarding Waterworks Quarry in Hobart

Waterworks Quarry – Unsafe, Unstable, Unsuitable for Schools

Due to ongoing frequent, unpredictable and substantial rock fall, the TCIA policy has for some time been that the Waterworks Quarry is categorically not suitable as an instructional venue by school, college or similar dependant groups. By any standard, the rock is unstable and unsafe for climbing other than by experienced recreational climbers who can understand and assess the risk.

We understand that the location of the Waterworks Quarry makes it possible for half day class visits that fit the constraints of school or college timetables. However, this convenience must not be allowed to put student safety at risk. Members are reminded that they are required to conduct risk assessments prior to conducting any abseiling or climbing activity, and any such assessment should exclude the Waterworks Quarry on several safety criteria.

In the event of an accident resulting from the unstable nature of the rock at Waterworks Quarry, the TCIA would not support any member in charge of a group, in any resulting enquiry or inquest.