It is with much sadness that we announce the closing of the South Australia (SA) Branch of the Company of Master Mariners, as of 1 January 2024.
The Constitution of the Company requires there to be at least three members elected to Branch Court. The current members of SA Branch Court have, as of 31 December 2023 submitted their resignations to the Federal Court and volunteers to take over from the incumbents has not been forthcoming.
Such being the case, Federal Court has had to regrettably and reluctantly make the decision to close the South Australia Branch, until such time that at least three members come forward to run the Branch. The Court is extremely grateful to Capt Bob Westley and Capt Ian Dickson for their decades of selfless and influential service to the SA Branch in particular and to the Company of Master Mariners overall. Their diligence is to be greatly admired and commended.
In the interim, all SA members will be administered by the Federal office, with regard to annual subscriptions and all other Company notices.
We are truly sorry to oversee the closing of the South Australia Branch and earnestly request you, the remaining members, to consider nominating to Branch Court and thereby revive the Branch. Irrespective, we would be greatly honoured if you consider retaining your membership to the Company of Master Mariners of Australia.