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REIQ Journal : October 2008
2 Industry News Queenslanders shine at auctioneering championships Queenslanders Jason Andrew from Jason Andrew Auctioneers and Haesley Cush from Ray White New Farm were among 17 leading auctioneers from throughout Australia and New Zealand to compete at the 2008 Australasian Real Estate Institutes Auctioneering Championship last month. Mr Cush and Mr Andrew were announced as the Queensland representatives in the Australasian competition, following their success as winner and runner up (respectively) in the 2008 REIQ Auctioneer of the Year award. REIQ managing director Dan Molloy attended the final, which was held in Darwin, and described the standard of competition as exceptional. “All of the 2008 competitiors displayed the professional skills and expertise that make them the finest in their field. The Queensland contingent was particularly strong, evidenced by Jason Andrew’s well-deserved place in the final four.” The 2008 finalists were: Damien Cooley, Cooley Auctions, New South Wales; Mark Sumich, Sumich Estate Agents and Auctioneers, New Zealand; Jason Andrew, Jason Andrew Auctioneers, Queensland; and Rod Adcock, LJ Hooker, South Australia REIQ actioneering Chapter chair Phil Parker was a judge in the highly regarded, annual competition. New Zealand auctioneer Mark Sumich took out the coveted title for the second year in a row and has thrown out the challenge for Australian auctioneers to bring the cup back to Australia in 2009. The 2009 Australasian Championships will be held in Hobart next September. Queensland will be represented by the winner and runner up of the 2009 REIQ Auctioneer of the Year Award scheduled for February next year. FROM THE CHAIRMAN Peter McGrath, Chairman Included with this edition of the REIQ Journal, you would have received documentation regarding the REIQ’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 28 October. I encourage all members to take an active interest in this process and to make time to attend the AGM if possible. Your participation in the ongoing development of the Institute is paramount in ensuring the REIQ remains a relevant and responsive industry body that will meet your needs as well as the needs of the real estate professionals of tomorrow. In particular, I would like to draw members’ attention to Resolution 2 for consideration at the AGM, which relates to the composition of the REIQ board. Currently, the board must not exceed nine directors (comprising a maximum of eight elected member directors, a managing director, and a maximum of two non-member directors). The proposed amendment does not alter the maximum of nine directors but it does provide for the appointment of up to two member directors, who are nominated by existing member directors and put to the annual general meeting for members’ approval. The proposal has the unanimous support of the REIQ’s current directors, who believe the amendment will facilitate better management of the Institute’s affairs and Board effectiveness by providing an appropriate balance between skills, diversity of background and life and professional experiences. As we approach the annual general meeting and officially celebrate the Institute’s 90th anniversary this month, I would like to take this opportunity to commend the hard work of REIQ staff and reflect on the strength of the Institute’s current position. The REIQ is the largest real estate institute in Australia and leads the country in the provision of products, services, education, and ongoing professional support to real estate professionals in a wide range of industry sectors. The Institute constantly strives to improve the standing of the industry with both government and the community, and has a very sound financial platform for the next stage of development. Peter McGrath CHAIRMAN REIQ Journal October 2008