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Scouts SA Annual Report 2016

SCOUTS SA ANNUAL REPORT 2016 at $220 per tonne. By the year end world prices had plummeted to just $52 per tonne! This took the world, and Australia by surprise. World commodity market analysts did not predict the severity of this fall. The resultant lower than expected income caused two mid-year budget reviews but that was still not enough to counter the shortfall at the end, creating a significant deficit. Not a deficit that we can’t absorb but an unplanned deficit is never welcome. Not surprisingly, 2016 budgets have been set based on the new lower world metal prices (as they were last year) and we do not expect them to fall in the same way this year. Despite the challenges in metal, the outlook for recycling looks very positive. While the SRC team worked incredibly hard throughout the year to find every sale possible, SRC General Manager, Warren Stone and CEO Dan Ryan have worked very effectively at developing new business for the future. Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) Legislation is being introduced into New South Wales next year and Queensland the year after. Scouts SA will be partnering with NSW and QLD Branches to help them develop new revenue streams through recycling. Our interstate cousins are pretty excited about being able to tap into our 38 years of industry experience. In South Australia, a new partnership has been forged resulting in us handling the household recycle bin contents from most of the western suburb councils. We have expanded our SRC business operations across South Australia (which includes the Adelaide Oval, Titanium Secuity Arena, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Airport, the Westfield shopping centres, around 1,500 hotels and clubs as well as the Clipsal 500.) Other exciting developments are in the works but they are too soon to mention. Taking Scout Recycling to new heights is expected to fully offset the greatly reduced scrap metal income and if metal prices ever recover we will be very happy indeed. Thanks to Dan and Warren for tirelessly pursuing (and creating) new opportunities for the SRC. On the wider front, I am pleased to report that collaboration at a National level has never been higher. South Australia has been contributing strongly, particularly with Dan’s development of the the very first National Child Protection Policy, and the first National WHS Policy as Chair of the National Risk Management Committee. Internationally, five delegates from our Branch participated in the Asia Pacific Region Scout Conference in Korea and 58 Venturer Scouts and Leaders attended the New Zealand Venture. A mission of six Rovers and Leaders went to Fiji to refurbish two accommodation huts at the Fiji Scouts Training Centre. I offer our thanks to Chief Scout, His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC for his continued active support of Scouting. We have been honoured to have His Excellency engage directly with Scouts on five occasions throughout the past year. Our Chief Scout and his wife have such a genuine and keen interest in Scouting. To the Branch Executive Committee, I offer my thanks for your thorough preparation, your wise deliberation and your keen observations. Long meeting agendas have become almost the norm as we work through the many and diverse issues requiring careful decisions each month. To Dan and all of the staff I thank you for your commitment and contribution to Scouting. Whether you are counting bottles or designing strategy you are important to us. Finally, to all of the Leaders delivering Scouting across South Australia, thank you! The Branch and BEC work hard to deal with everything else so that you can focus your energy on developing the young people. And developing young people is why we ALL do what we do. Graham Coates President, Scouts SA 2


Scouts SA Annual Report 2016
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