Resolution:Chapters Council

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To ensure a fair and coordinated approach by chapters to organisational matters, Wikimedia Australia supports the creation of a Chapters Council that will operate as a unifying body representing Wikimedia chapters. Wikimedia Australia believes that a unified voice for the chapters will mutually benefit all parties, and will address some of the many structural and administrative challenges that our movement faces.

When the Wikimedia chapters' deliberations on the Chapters Council's structure and function approaches a conclusion, Wikimedia Australia will be in a better position to discuss and announce our position regarding joining a newly created Chapters Council. In the interim, to assist in the creation and development of a federated body of chapters and thereby ensuring optimum success in this endeavour, Wikimedia Australia will consider making contributions in the form of financial and/or other resources, ultimately to be defined, towards the furtherance of this goal and if requested by any interim council or competent authority within the newly created Chapters Council.

Wikimedia Australia will continue to keep themselves informed of the drafting process, and to this end contribute and coordinate along with other chapters to effect a successful outcome. For the purpose of matters relating to the formation of the Chapters Council, including the drafting of a Chapters Council Charter, Wikimedia Australia's delegation to the Wikimedia Conference 2012 in Berlin, namely Craig Franklin and Anne Frazer, are authorised to speak on behalf of the chapter's management committee.

  • Support: Craig (moved), John (seconded), Graham, Charles, Anne
  • Oppose:
  • Absent: Laura