BICA - A Brief History
The inaugural meeting of an interim Committee of the Bruny Island Community Association was held following the Easter Ox Roast at Alonnah on the 26th April 1980. Incorporation of the Association as The Bruny Island Community Association Inc. occurred on the 12th June 1980. The Association’s voice Bruny Newsst edition was published during October 1980.
The Association, following amalgamation with the Bruny Tourism Group was incorporated as The Bruny Island Community And Tourist Association Inc. on 23rd July 1986.
During the period 1990-1994 with community interest and energies directed to the “Fight Against Council Amalgamation”, interest in the Association waned with 1993 and 1994 AGM not having a quorum. Audit Reports and Balance Sheets were sent to the Commissioner for Corporate Affairs to “wind up” the Association as an incorporated body on 15th February 1994.
The Community Association continued publishing Bruny News and with its chequered history behind it and with renewed vigor the Association was incorporated as Bruny Island Community Association Inc. on 24th March 1997. The Association continues to provide a valuable forum for airing issues affecting our community and takes the community's voice to Local and State Goverments seeking appropriate actions.
The Association also assists other community organisations in their endeavours and using funds raised by Bruny News advertising, provides financial support to community related development projects. BICA Inc continues to welcome further applications for consideration.
Membership of the Association
Membership of the Association upon payment of annual subscription is open to any ratepayer of, resident of, Bruny Island and any member of their family.
The basic objects of the Association are:-
To maintain and develop the quality of life on Bruny Island.
To preserve the important elements of the special character of Bruny Island.
To ensure that any development of or alteration to the attributes and qualities of the Island contribute in a positive way to the enhancement of its character.
In order to achieve the above objects:
Encourage amalgamation or affiliation with associations, organisations, committees and other community groups having similar or related objectives.
Make such representations to Federal, State and Local Government as may be appropriate.
BICA General Meetings
General Meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month. Meetings commence at 11.00am conclude at around 12.30pm with a "sausage sizzle".