The co-president of Sydney’s Pride has admitted a distracted board is responsible for the long-running community organisation’s recent silence.
With Pride’s public profile slipping and an annual general meeting three months overdue, co-president Sean Addison told Sydney Star Observer board members did not have enough time to dedicate to the organisation.
There’s no financial troubles or anything like that. It’s the time constraints of me and the board, he said.
Pride planned to hold an annual general meeting in early June -“ about four months late.
Addison said Pride had pushed back the AGM several times because the board had not had the time to organise it.
We’re all volunteers, he said. That’s what I mean -“ getting the time to actually all get there as a group.
Addison said the same sort of time constraints led Pride to hold off the third in a series of Arq fundraisers last month.
Addison said the night was also dropped because it was too close to the annual Pride Week, scheduled for the end of June.
Pride set up the Arq events after deciding not to stage its traditional New Year’s Eve party last year because of profitability concerns. Its 2004 year-end party lost about $15,000.
The organisation’s website had also been out of operation since February.
Addison blamed the problem on the loss of a telephone line after the City of Sydney converted Pride’s home at Erskineville Town Hall into a neighbourhood centre last December.