At a meeting of a number of NSW rail heritage associations in Sydney in August 2003, it was decided to form a new peak organisation to promote rail heritage.
A formation meeting was held on 14 February 2004 at which representatives of 17 NSW rail heritage associations unanimously resolved to adopt a draft constitution and to proceed to incorporation under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act, 1984.
Application was made for the incorporation of the new body and, on 3 March 2004, the NSW Department of Fair Trading issued a "Certificate of Incorporation as an Association" in the name of Rail Heritage Australia (NSW) Incorporated Incorporation No. INC9881307.
Objectives of RHA (NSW)
- To promote the recognition, preservation and restoration of rail heritage including rail lines, the associated built environment, rolling stock, infrastructure and historical records.
- To represent to Government and other interested parties the interests of members concerning legislative measures, proposals, regulations or enactments that may affect the interests of the association or its members.
- To present rail heritage in its many forms for the enjoyment and appreciation of the general community.
- To market, advertise and promote rail heritage organisations to potential customers, including, but not limited to, passengers, tourism, and film and advertising organisations.
- To encourage regional tourism to recognise and encourage appropriate rail heritage.
- To represent to government and the rail agencies the value of various aspects of rail heritage.
- To promote to the general community the range, value and potential of our rail heritage.
- To seek funding from public and private sources for the preservation and maintenance of rail heritage.
- To share information, experience and competencies in the promotion of rail heritage.
- To do all other things to advance the cause of rail heritage.
The Constitution of RHA (NSW)
In drafting the constitution, the model rules set out in the NSW Associations Incorporation Act were followed as far as possible. Some of the key changes to the model rules are set out below.
- To reflect that the new body is an "association of associations" (and not an association of individuals as provided for in the model rules), a number of changes were necessary. This includes a requirement for each member organisation to nominate an "Authorised Representative" to attend and vote on behalf of the member organisation at meetings.
- To ensure that each of the various segments of the rail heritage movement are represented on the Committee of Management, provision has been made for 4 positions on the committee to be nominated by member organisations in each of 4 nominated categories:
- Operators of heritage trains on the commercial rail network.
- Operators of heritage trains on a separate right of way from the commercial rail network.
- Operators of trolleys on a separate right of way from the commercial rail network.
- Museums and others groups.
- There is a requirement that member organisations must be incorporated, not-for profit bodies with provisions in their constitutions for transferring surplus assets on wind up to other not-for-profit kindred organisations.