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Update from the President – 2020 AGM and other info

We have been really busy in the background of the organisation.

For your information;
Annual General Meeting – live via Zoom at 7.30pm Tuesday 22 September (Meeting ID is 942 0616 2859). Please let us know if there’s anything you would like discussed for the agenda – email: Anyone can nominate for President, Vice President, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Secretary and Executive members (brain trust).

Training and Assessment – At Whitewater Wall on 17-18 October. Please let us know if you (or someone else) would like to be included. We need to know ASAP to allow for organisation.

Membership – Matt Jones has been really busy processing the many renewals that have come in this year.

Website – We are in the middle of updating and adding membership details for new and renewing members. Thanks for your patience.

Certificates – Matt and I have dug through the archives and found an original certificate. This has been updated and I will soon send out a certificate to each current instructor or guide.

Training manuals – I have written updated BAI, TRA, and SPG manuals. I will soon do the ICG and MPG manuals. The manuals will be checked by peers and then issued to people as they sign up for training/assessment. If anyone has any photos or sketches they think would go well in a manual then please send through.

Treasurer – Richard has been busy keeping the TCIA compliant with insurance and small business practice.

Blackmans Bay Blowhole – Kingborough Council will soon complete the installation of new fencing. They are also installing a labelled belay bar. Thanks to council for this. Please remember to make your own risk assessment before using any venue.

Tim Whelan
TCIA President

2019 AGM Minutes

Hi All,

Please find attached the minutes from this years Annual General Meeting held on 31st July 2019.

TCIA AGM 2019 Minutes

There were two significant points for existing members:

1) The requirement for all instructors that work on indoor climbing walls to hold the specific ICG qualification, due to the many idiosyncrasies encountered in the indoor environment (note: this has not been included by default in ‘outdoor’ qualifications for some years now). To facilitate existing members getting up to speed, the TCIA will allow TRA/SPG/MPG instructors to join any two day ICG training and assessment course that has available positions for just $100. This offer will be valid till the end of 2020, but don’t wait too long, as available positions will be limited.

2) Upgrading your “old TRA” to SPG. TCIA members that qualified as a TRA prior to 2013 were assessed to include some basic aspects of single-pitch climbing (but not all), as we did not offer a specific SPG qualification. This changed ~2013 when the SPG qualification was offered to bring us inline with other institutions throughout the country. All TRA qualifications since then have not incluced any aspects of single-pitch climbing. To aid those directly affected by this, the TCIA will be offering FREE assessment sessions for “old TRA” members to upgrade to the current SPG qualification during any assessment event where an assessment session is available. Once again this is a limited time offer, and must be redeemed by the end of 2020.


Please get in touch with the secretary ASAP to take advantage of these assessments.

2019 AGM for the TCIA

6pm Wednesday 31 July 2019

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

For those that can’t make it, we will endeavour to also have a skype/teleconference thing happening as well…. note the word “attempt”. Please contact us beforehand if you want to take advantage of this.

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 us out.

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.