HMA moves to unify the associationStory by Jim Fogart, National President, Horticultural Media Association Australia
HMA is currently looking at the potential to streamline and unify the association and bring it up with modern times. Tabled by the National Executive, the initiative proposes that in future, members would be part of the one national Association rather than being members of independent state HMA Associations.
The Benefits of National Membership allow for our current publication (HMA News) to be integrated online with our website. Joining the one national Association removes duplication of multiple website running costs, removes the red tape of members moving interstate, allows for streamlined entry process for the HMA Laurels & bookings for all HMA events, provides national public liability insurance for all HMA member events, a national standard for membership, and helps bind members into a more unified association with one voice.
Other benefits that could be implemented include the ability for better professional development in the form of CPD points as per other professional industry associations. Under the proposal there would be no change to State Associations. Members would simply join the national association with a per capita subsidy paid back to state chapters.
Whilst there is still one state yet to ratify their stance on the proposal, currently all other states have voted in favour. At the recent HMA Dinner during MIFGS, there was a unanimous showing of hands from the floor in favour of the motion. A final decision is yet to be made and it is my hope that all states will be unanimous in their support.