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P.S. CURLIP to move to Gippsland Lakes

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P.S. CURLIP to move to Gippsland Lakes

Gary Plumley

Great news... We would like to inform you that as of yesterday the Management and running of the Steam driven Paddle Steamer Curlip will be transferred to a Gippsland lakes based non for profit group Whether it be our Gippsland lakes Classic Boat or a similar non for profit Group
I would like to thank EVERYONE INVOLVED for their help and enthusiasm with this idea and all the other people who have come on board to support us in this endeavour. Our plan at this stage is to get the Curlip around here as quickly as we can as we only have a small window of opportunity with the Marlo bar, Our plan then with the shire approval is to hard stand her in the Paynesville marine precinct area (Slip Rd) get as many volunteers involved as possible. Get her back into survey and working condition and base her out of Bairnsdale and do cruises up and down the Mitchell River and other areas, This is a great outcome for the Curlip and we hope to make it a big community project. The sounds and sites of the Curlip steaming down the Mitchell we be a great site to behold.

PRESS RELEASE Paddle Steamer Curlip.
The following draft was released by Classic Wooden Boat Editor Gary Plumley, today, 21/08/2016 visit www.curlip.com.au for further information

"As of today we have an agreement in principle to transfer the assets and interests of the Curlip to an entity of our nomination. 
The management board of P.S.Curlip Incorporated met yesterday onboard the Curlip and voted unanimously on the motions put forward by Gil Richardson.
I am in receipt of a letter from the Curlip solicitors Hibbert & Hodges of Orbost that outlines the responsibilities of the Curlip Board. 
In effect the board have announced their inability to continue with the management and scope of running the Curlip. 
As a consequence, this triggers a chain of events, controlled by Consumer Affairs Victoria, as outlined in the Curlip Constitution. 
1. The primary effect is to call for the Association to cease operation. 
2. The secondary phase is for the winding up of that Association.
3. Thirdly, the Association must nominate a suitable Association or entity to receive the surplus assets of the Curlip Association.
Once the necessary winding up procedure has been carried out, the above points will be activated.
My suggestion is that as the P.S. Curlip is in theory an asset of the people of East Gippsland, we need to ensure absolute transparency in any move forward.
Whilst our newly formed GLCBC is a worthy recipient of the Curlip. The scope of her operation and ongoing maintenance is very onerous.
We should look at forming a Curlip Management Board, in effect a "club within our club" chartered with her restoration, management, on going marketing and finally her return to service on an ongoing basis. In this business model we will not confuse the synergistic yet different needs of our members and the Curlip.
I will be going to Orbost again this week for a meeting with members of P.S. Curlip Incorporated, to begin to effect a timely handover of the vessel.
This is important because of our window of opportunity to clear the mouth of The Snowy River, now clear since the recent floods.
Peter Medling has also worked tirelessly to set up the movement and logistics in getting Curlip to The Lakes. My suggestion is that he and I attend the meeting early this week. 
I have offered the use of my Gippsland Ports, alongside berth at Western Boat Harbour for the initial location of Curlip. 
We could move her anytime in the next good weather window, subject to Ports approval and assistance.
Finally I thank everyone thus far for their support and the East Gippsland Newspaper Group for the oxygen they provided to air our concerns for The Curlip and her future preservation.

Regards
Gary Plumley
Editor, Classic Wooden Boat