Club Constitution and Bylaws

Geelong Canoe Club’s Constitution and Bylaws are key to our existence. 

It is important that all members are familiar with the club’s Constitution and Bylaws as they set out the basic membership rules and way our club is managed.

Club Constitution

On 26 November 2012, the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (and its associated Regulations) replaced the Associations Incorporation Act 1981. 

Geelong Canoe Club responded to this change, adopting a new Set of Rules (Constitution) which was voted in at a Special General Meeting on 26th May 2013. It has been accepted by the Department of Consumer Affairs for registration. The Constitution was updated in 2020 to be more current. 

Member handbook

Geelong Canoe Club’s Member handbook is currently being revised and an updated version will be available shortly.

Club Bylaws

Geelong Canoe Club’s Constitution allows the executive committee to develop Bylaws and policies to assist in managing the club. The Bylaws must be consistent with the Constitution. 

Our adopted Bylaws:

  • Bylaw 1: Life Membership
  • Bylaw 2: Social Media
  • Bylaw 3: Meeting Ground Rules
  • Bylaw 4: Working With Children
  • Bylaw 5: Formal Training Sessions and PDF Provisions
  • Bylaw 6: Canoeing Victoria Affiliation
  • Bylaw 7: Unclaimed craft
  • Bylaw 7a: Funds accrued from sale of unclaimed craft
  • Bylaw 8: Disposal of Acquired Craft
  • Bylaw 9: Flood Management
  • Bylaw 10: Private Craft Rack Space Allocation 

Corangamite Catchment Management Authority Bylaws and river rules

The river and club facilities are subject to a formal set of rules.

  • Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) is a statutory authority of Victorian Government. They are the waterway manager for the 20km stretch of the Barwon River that goes through Geelong and they have a Bylaw that is specific to the use of the river.
  • The river itself is governed by the Marine Safety Act 2010. 
  • CCMA also owns the Geelong Canoe Club building and the club has a 21 year lease of the Pavilion.

The club and its members must comply with the lease arrangements, Marine Safety Act 2020 requirements and CCMA Bylaws. 

More information: Corangamite Catchment Management Authority 

Paddle Victoria and Paddle Australia affiliation

Bylaws are adopted by the Board of Directors of Paddle Australia and Paddle Victoria. 

Geelong Canoe Club is an affiliate club of these organisations and this means that the club and its members are required to comply and be familiar with their Bylaws. 

More information: Paddle Australia and Paddle Victoria Bylaws



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