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MFAA Prosper : Mortgage and Finance Brief 13
40 Mortgage & Finance brief It promises to be a big year for the NSW/ACT State Council. While there are plans in place to deal with numerous matters, issues and subjects throughout the year, the council has its sights set on three key issues: 1. Finalising the development of chapters within regional NSW and the ACT. 2. Helping WIMBN succeed in the state and territory. 3. Developing events that members want to have, rather than repeating what lender and aggregator partners prepare and present. The MFAA has, by its very nature, been rather metro-centric, as this is where the bulk of membership resides and operates. The introduction of the chapters is designed to spread the word of the MFAA, and increase member involvement, in regional areas. The NSW/ACT Council believes that, with the development of chapters, it is allowing greater recognition of its valued sponsors in the regional areas. The development of the chapters has been a time-consuming project, and the council is fortunate to have had two very dedicated councillors working on the project. NSW/ACT State President, The next chapter Warren Prince, says, “We hope that we will see much more input via the council from regional members. They are as important to the association as our metro members. “Making WIMBN a success is also the responsibility of the council, in particular two or three hard-working councillors in liaison with the staff at the MFAA. It’s imperative that we provide appropriate events and a vehicle for female members to voice their concerns and offer advice to the council and, ultimately, the association. After all, women make up about 40% of the membership. Men, too, can get involved with WIMBN and we encourage that.” When it comes to events for all members, Prince says, “Events is often a vexed matter – how can we help the MFAA develop appropriate events for members within a budget that do not duplicate what is occurring in the industry at large? “It will be a challenge that the council will rise up to and will succeed in doing. “All up, 2012 will be a challenging year for the council and the industry as a whole, and we are confident that we can help make a difference for our NSW/ACT members.” The PresIdenT name: Warren Prince Company: Big and Little home Loans “Before I became a State Councillor Iwasapartofa group that formed in Canberra to discuss how brokers in ACT were af fected by certain issues; in particular regulation. “A member of that group would attend NSW State Council meetings as an observer and guest of council. We needed official representation, so proposed that we form a council in the ACT. What we achieved was the formation of a new NSW/ACT State Council, with two members from the ACT, taking the number of people sitting on the council from nine to 11. “Since then we have held many successful educational and social events, attracting members from places including Wagga Wagga, Bowral, Goulburn and the South Coast, as well as the immediate region. “I’ve been on the council in various roles for over eight years, and now represent more than 4000 members. I am proud to do so as a one-person business representing hundreds of similarly sized businesses, as well as many medium to large broking firms.” This year is set to be a busy one for the NSW/ACT State Council. Mortgage & Finance Brief catches up with the President and Councillors to discover just what’s on their agenda this year. MFAA nsW/ACT sTATe CounCIL
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