UTS Haberfield Rowing Club Inc. is a not-for-profit, incorporated association, registered in New South Wales (ABN 61 211 894 397).
As a not-for-profit, the Club's predominant objective is to encourage, foster, promote, develop the sport of rowing in the Municipality of Ashfield, within the University of Technology, Sydney and in the Commonwealth of Australia and overseas.
The Club was originally formed on 11 March 1925, as Haberfield Rowing Club, and was acquired by the University of Technology, Sydney's peak student body, UTS Union Ltd (now known as ActivateUTS), in 1992.
ActivateUTS split the original club's 'upstairs' licenced premises and 'downstairs' rowing club into two separate legal entities, quarantining the rowing club from the trading activities of the licenced premises.
Haberfield Rowing Club Ltd was renamed UTS Haberfield Club Ltd, and continues to trade successfully as the 'upstairs' licenced premises. UTS Haberfield Rowing Club Inc. was newly created - providing autonomy and stability for the 'downstairs' rowing club and its members.
As the Club is a separate legal entity to UTS Haberfield Club Limited, the Club does not receive any direct financial contribution from the licenced club, towards our annual operating budget.
Although effectively a controlled entity of ActivateUTS, the Club's strategic and business decisions are taken by our own Management Committee. Our Management Committee includes up to 13 people, 11 of which are elected by current members of the Club at the Annual General Meeting, with the two remaining positions appointed by ActivateUTS, at their discretion.
This operating model ensures that the Club is appropriately able to operate autonomously, whilst also benefitting from the oversight and support of the University and ActivateUTS.
Importantly, the University, ActivateUTS and the Club have jointly agreed to the strategic vision for the Club - over the next 15 years.