About Us

Doug McEvoy

Chair

My belief is that, despite the dual challenges of climate change and population growth, SECRA can help enhance the amenity and liveability of the City for its residents and visitors.  One way is by contributing to, and constructively reviewing Council and Government plans and initiatives. SECRA can also be a positive force for change through direct community action e.g. by “Green Pakapakanthi” partnering with Council to green our Park Lands and, potentially, our streets. 

Heather Nimmo

Treasurer

Playwright and teacher of writing, former tin miner and geological field assistant, inaugural SECRA secretary and now treasurer, I have rented in the area since 2003 (and, while a student, in 1972). I believe in, and try to practice, active citizenry: participating in public meetings, social groups and committees to ‘get doable things done’; helping the community by helping, and being helped, by others; speaking out against injustice and inequality; scrutinising the actions of the powerful. However, I also believe that life comes before meetings. And activism should be fun.

Anne Ballard

Secretary

Peter Lumb

I’ve lived with my partner in a town house in the western end of Halifax Street for 14 years. I love it because for most activities in my life I can walk, cycle or catch public transport to access them. I enjoy being car free. I was pleased to join SECRA committee because I want to advocate for things to do in our streets and parks which will allow us to live well as the City changes due to significant population growth at a time of global heating.

Elizabeth Rushbrook

I joined SECRA to get some help with the re-location of a noisy generator in a public space. As a committee member, I hope to assist others in resolving neighbourhood issues that affect them, and in maintaining the liveability of our delightful corner of Adelaide.  I enjoy thinking, talking, writing and responding to the more significant strategic issues facing the city and our neighbourhood. I presently chair the SECRA “Neighbourhood planning” subcommittee.

Andrew Blanc

Throughout my life, I’ve always been drawn to the natural world, whether it’s exploring local parks, learning about diverse ecosystems, or simply
appreciating the serenity of nature. This passion has translated into a desire to make a positive impact and be part of the solution to environmental challenges. 

I joined SECRA because my deep love for the environment compels me to actively contribute to its protection and preservation. Witnessing the beauty and complexity of nature has instilled in me a strong sense of responsibility to ensure its well-being for future generations.
Together, we can strive towards a future where environmental awareness and responsible practices are at the forefront, ensuring a healthy and thriving planet.

About the Commitee

a) The affairs of the association shall be managed and controlled by a committee which in addition to any powers and authorities conferred by these rules may exercise all such powers and do all such things as are within the objects of the association, and are not by the Act or by these rules required to be done by the association in a general meeting.

b) The committee has the management and control of the funds and other property of the association.

c) The committee shall have authority to interpret the meaning of these rules and any other matter relating to the affairs of the association on which these rules are silent.

d) The committee shall appoint a public officer as required by the Act.

e) The committee shall have the power to appoint sub-committees and working groups under such terms and conditions as the committee shall determine. Such sub-committees and working groups shall report to the committee and may include persons who are not members of the association.

a) The committee shall be elected from and by members of the Association. It shall consist of a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and up to a further four members, provided that no more than two Associate members shall be members of the Committee at the same time.

b) At each annual general meeting one half of the members of the committee, being the longest serving members, shall retire.

c) A retiring committee member shall be eligible to stand for re-election without nomination. No other person shall be eligible to stand for election unless a member of the association has nominated that person at least 21 days before the meeting by delivering the nomination of that person to the secretary of the association. The nomination shall be signed by the proposer and by the nominee.

d) Notice of all persons seeking election to the committee shall be given to all members of the association with the notice calling the meeting at which the election is to take place.

e) The committee may appoint a person to fill a casual vacancy, and such a committee member shall hold office until the next annual general meeting of the association and shall be eligible for election to the committee without nomination.

a) The committee shall meet together electronically or otherwise for the dispatch of business at least monthly.

b) Questions arising at any meeting of the committee shall be decided by a majority of votes, and in the event of equality of votes the chairperson shall have a casting vote in addition to a deliberative vote.

c) A quorum for a meeting of the committee shall be one half of the members of the committee.

d) A member of the committee having a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in a contract or proposed contract with the association must disclose the nature and extent of that interest to the committee as required by the Act, and shall not vote with respect to that contract or proposed contract. The member of the committee must disclose the nature and extent of his or her interest in the contract at the next annual general meeting of the association.

The office of a committee member shall become vacant if a committee member is:

 

  • disqualified from being a committee member by the Act;
  • expelled as a member under these rules;
  • permanently incapacitated by ill health;
  • absent without apology from more than four meetings in a financial year;
  • no longer the duly appointed representative of a corporate member.