FFSA held a Special General Meeting on Monday 16 September. Around 40 people participated.
At the meeting, members voted in favour of selling the assets to the City of Prospect and proceeding with the negotiation of Option 5, which would enable us to continue as part time users of the hall.
This was communicated to the City of Prospect the next day. The City of Prospect then informed us they were no longer open to negotiating Option 5, preferring now to put the use of the Hall out to tender. FFSA would be welcome to tender to become a part time user of the Hall, but it was emphasised that our previous tenure would give no advantage in the process and there could be no guarantee of our success.
In the light of this, and after email consultation with those members who were at the Special General Meeting, FFSA has withdrawn the assets from sale to the City of Prospect as members had expressed discomfort with selling to them without being able to make use of the venue and the assets in the future.
Not all who received the 20 September email responded, and those who did respond gave a variety of views. However, the majority view was that the assets should not be sold to Prospect Council now that Option 5 was no longer being offered and success in any further negotiation on the City of Prospect’s terms would appear to be uncertain.
This was communicated to the City of Prospect in a meeting on 23 September, and we have had verbal acceptance of our stance, but not yet any written confirmation of that acceptance.
Subsequently, HATs (Heritage, Art and Traditions, Auburn) re-stated interest in acquiring the assets (minus the lighting rig) and has made an offer which results in the Folk Federation of South Australia being in the same financial position as selling to Prospect Council. The Board has accepted the HATs offer. HATs is a community based arts organisation that is active in promoting folk music and related arts in the Clare Valley; its objects are similar to those of the Folk Federation.
Folk Federation of South Australia Board
Peter Rooke, Melanie Morris, Keith Lovell, Adrienne Lovelock, Ron Higgins, Peter Day
27th September 2013