Constitution (June 2012)
Objectives of HERITAGE FM INCORPORATED:
1. To maintain a community broadcasting licence and any other telecommunications licences.
2. To establish and to operate a community broadcasting station and to erect, furnish and equip audio studios and production facilities of broadcast standard for use by the community.
3. To operate the association as a not for profit community institution and to undertake all measures necessary to provide a radio broadcasting service to encourage, enable and facilitate communication within the community by operating and developing community media activities serving the local government areas of Armadale, Gosnells, and Canning in Western Australia and in particular:
(a) to enable and facilitate communication within the community by broadcasting programs dealing with local issues, events, culture and activities.
(b) to promote the work of Australian musicians and performers and regularly play throughout the day, new material and music of upcoming Australian bands and performers or those not recorded or distributed by major record companies and to this end to provide broadcasting and recording facilities to encourage Australian music talent
(c) to consistently exceed the minimum Australian content provisions outlined in the Community Broadcasting Code of Practice.
(d) to provide the opportunity for community groups and related associations, organisations and individuals to be involved in the production and presentation of original programs.
4. In accordance with the previous point, and as the Association determines, to provide programming of a type not adequately covered by existing broadcasters, and in particular:
(a) to encourage and develop uses of radio for community and public affairs, education, culture, information, entertainment and recreation by, for and directed to the local community,
(b) to become a “town crier” of cultural and community information by compiling community resource data and information with respect to local activities, events and developments affecting the community,
(c) to promote and encourage innovative and experimental uses of radio,
(d) to commission musical, dramatic and literary works for use relating to the
objects of the Association.
5. To teach, train, instruct, prepare and assist members to produce material for transmission and to provide facilities for members to learn and practise the technical and aesthetic aspects of radio broadcasting and production.
6. To foster the development and ideals of community broadcasting in such ways as the Association may determine, and maintain membership of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and to subscribe to the Community Broadcasting Code of Practice, and in particular:
(a) to seek all possible participation of members in all aspects of the Association including management, operations, programming and program production;
(b) to actively discourage the broadcast of material which is discriminatory as defined in the CBAA Code of Practice.
7. To conduct, either solely or jointly with others, entertainments, promotions, concerts, cultural activities, meetings, conferences, community information resource centres, lectures, seminars, courses, on matters of interest relating to the objects of the Association, (and to broadcast the same as are relevant) and to publish either solely or jointly with others, program and other material relating to the objects of the Association.
8. To carry out research into radio and other media including all technical, economic, social and marketing aspects specifically related to the use of these means towards the objects of the Association.
9. To produce either solely or jointly with others publications and other products for sale, loan, or hire including recorded programs suitable for dissemination through access arrangements with other community broadcasters and programmers and other outlets.
10.To inform members and other interested individuals about the aims and operations of the Association, about community broadcasting, Australian and alternative music, and about the aims and activities of participating groups and individuals, through station programming and the establishment of a newsletter or programming guide.
11. To support and to co-operate with any legal kindred body.
12. To appoint, employ staff as may be necessary or convenient for the purposes of the Association.
13. To do or cease to do from time to time any other such things as may be determined to be in keeping with the general aims of the association.
14. The property and income of the Association shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects or purposes of the assoiciation and no part of that property or income may be paid or otherwise distributed, directly or indierctly, to members of the association, except in good faith in the promotion of those objects or purposes.
PART I- PRELIMINARY
(1) In these rules:
“the Association” means: Heritage FM Incorporated;
“the Station” means Heritage FM and or 107.3hfm and or 107.3fm
“Ordinary Committee member” means a member of the Committee of Management who is not an office-bearer of the association, as referred to in rule 15 (2);
“Member” means a member of the Association and includes a corporate member;
“Corporate member” includes associations, clubs, business firms and any other organizations, whether incorporated or not;
“Concession member” means a member who is a pensioner or student with a valid concession card;
“Financial member” means a member who has paid the membership fee for the financial year referred to in rule 9;
“Secretary” means the person holding office under these rules as secretary of the association;
“Special general meeting” means a general meeting of the association other than an annual general meeting:
“the Act” means the Associations Incorporation Act;
“the Regulation” means the Associations Incorporation Regulation.
(2) In these rules:
(a) a reference to a function includes a reference to a power, authority and duty;
(b) a reference to the exercise of a function includes, if the function is a duty, a reference to the performance of the duty.