SIA are moving ahead with creation of a Resource Security Task Force as one of the immediate outcomes of last week’s “Tipping Point” meeting.
To this end, we are calling for nominations.
Given the critical nature of resource security, you can expect this role will require a reasonably high time commitment and will be “hands-on”. Please be aware that at this stage SIA is unable to contribute to reimbursement for travel or time.
Meetings will be via teleconference or web-based, with plans to rotate around the country to enable some face-to-face meetings with Task Force members, as well as provide opportunities for broader industry meetings and associated media coverage.
Other relevant information:
- SIA will Chair Task Force;
- The Task Force members must be direct member of SIA, or nominated by a direct member;
- Members will be chosen to provide the best combination of skills, business type, size, interest (wildcatch, aquaculture and post-harvest) and jurisdictional representation;
- Required skills include:
- Government relations / advocacy; and
- Scientific/fisheries management.
In the first instance the Task Force will be guided by the key outcomes of the Tipping Point meeting:
- Recognition that a united force and strong campaign budget is exponentially more powerful than individual/jurisdictional causes;
- Recognition that security of fishing access rights is paramount to proper fisheries management, conservation and community benefit;
- A commitment to working more closely with the Australian community; and
- A commitment to engaging and educating our politicians for better community outcomes.
The Task Force will consider, priorities and action issues to progress resource security including, but not limited to, those raised at the Tipping Point meeting:
- Defining “resource security” – what is it that industry needs?
- Developing better political advocacy skills/capacities.
- Promoting national commitment and the financial resources/funding mechanisms required to fund necessary campaign(s).
- Consideration of involving other sectors “at risk” to amplify voice.
- Demonstrating industry values publicly – e.g. “Our Pledge”, currently under development,
- Reviewing legislation in every jurisdiction.
- Opportunities for broader discussion, for example SD 2019, international discussion associated with WFC 2020.
- Any other matters as required.
Expressions of interest, in writing, outlining relevant experience, interest and skills, are requested by February 28 and should be directed to SIA CEO Jane Lovell via firstname.lastname@example.org.