SAVE BRIBIE BRAYDO AND THE PRO SHOP

With the decision of the Bribie Island Golf Club board to not renew the Pro Shop Contract with Brayden Campbell and Staff (Coastal Golf Pty Ltd) a number of concerned members of Bribie Island Golf Club have collaborated to propose the following motion to be voted on by way of Special General Meeting. Over 400 people have already signed this motion, however it is imperative that these members attend the Special General Meeting so that a two thirds majority vote is achieved when this matter is voted on.

 That the board of Bribie Island Golf Club have acted in a manner largely inconsistent with the interests of its’ members and accordingly that a vote of ‘no confidence’ be recorded.

 We believe that the vast majority of members support the terrific job done by Brayden and his staff over the past 8 years and their tireless devotion to creating a pro shop that is inclusive of all members, supportive of golf teaching and fostering new interests among juniors.

 Reasons for this motion

1. A vote of no-confidence will result in the existing board being retired, as each board member will need to resign as a result of a no confidence vote being recorded. A no confidence motion is considered the only reasonable avenue for resolution as the board’s handling of the proposed changes to the operation of the pro-shop has resulted in a significant loss of trust between the board and a substantial portion of the club’s members. The president was approached by Brayden in relation to this motion and the support it has received from members, however the advice provided by the President was that the board would press on with plans regardless. The opportunity provided to the board to avoid this action by overturning their decision is now past.

2. Given the significance of the decision  not to renew the contract for Coastal Golf, there has been no effort made to consult with members, indeed some members of the board have acted contrary to advice they had given when elected that the arrangements with the Pro Shop would not be changed.  This has created an unnecessarily divisive environment within the membership of the club.

3. The board have not provided detailed rationale to support their decisions (including the report on which their decisions were made) and have breached the confidentiality of the agreement with the pro shop in their letters to members. 

4. In the boards correspondence with members on April 27, the board acknowledged that the pro shop are doing a particularly good job. Members know how Brayden and his award winning team  are invaluable to the golf club and make Bribie Island Golf Club stand apart from other clubs. The devotion to teaching and junior development and the number of staff required to support this is not something that the model proposed by the board for a staff run pro shop would facilitate. Members interests are being ignored.

5. In stating reasons for their decisions the board suggested that coffee and food be provided through the pro shop. This is something that the Pro shop have sought to do, but that the board has disallowed. In the initial letter from the board advising members of their decision it was claimed that ‘a private meeting was held with Brayden to advise of Boards decision not to enter into a new agreement’ . There was no negotiation with Coastal Golf. Members were also led to believe that Brayden had been offered employment, however no employment offer had been received by Brayden. This type of misleading conduct is not conducive to the trust given to the board in their election as representatives of its members.

6. The board have not outlined how any apparent economic benefits would outweigh the costs for purchase of stock, golf carts and ongoing employment of staff (including superannuation, workers compensation, sick leave, annual leave and insurances) required to provide pro shop facilities that match or improve on that currently provided to us by Coastal Golf. Indeed it is contested that any club run facilities would be inferior to those provided by the Coastal Golf team.

7. The board have cited ‘a requested increase in the commissions paid on both green and competition fees‘ as a primary reason for not renewing the Costal Golf contract. This needs to be put in perspective given the number of staff now employed by the pro shop and the advice we have received that the current rates of remuneration for the Pro Shop is in the lowest 10% of pro shops within Australia. It is contended that the amount cited of $30,000 would only partially contribute to the costs of Coastal Golf maintaining their staff, but certainly not cover it.

8. The decision of the board has left staff members of the Pro Shop in great uncertainty for their personal livelihoods.  While a formal contract for employment was offered to Brayden many days after the boards initial advice, other staff members have not received any offers. These heartless decisions and the manner in which they have been carried out is not the character of a board that members would wish to represent them.

9.Finally, the lack of transparency in decision making is of high concern. A decision to replace one of the more successful and community focused aspects of the club is not in the spirit of a club that is not for profit, has the value of the community at heart and is reflective of the directors duties to create value and benefit to members. While the call for the board to resign may seem like a drastic step, numerous approaches by individual members and Coastal Golf to seek reconsideration have failed. The inherent breakdown of trust makes continuation of the current board untenable.