Apex Australia, a long-running volunteer organisation found in suburbs and country towns all across our fair nation, is in the midst of a full-blown identity crisis. Despite decades of making significant contributions to the local community, the reputation of Apex is now under threat thanks to the emergence of the so-called “Apex Gang” which has been causing havoc in and around Melbourne since 2012.  

Founded in 1931 by three community minded young men in Geelong, Apex Australia has spread all across the country. According to their website, they are a “volunteer community service organisation that offers active Australians aged 18 to 45 an opportunity to learn more about themselves, gain new skills, make new friends and help those in need”. 

While aspects of the above quote could be applied to both groups, reports suggest that Apex Australia is trying to distance themselves from the Apex Gang, and a sub-committee has been formed to float the idea of a name change. Considering that Apex Australia has been in operation for 80 more years than the gang of the same name – not to mention the enormously positive impact they have had on Australian society – it is a terrible shame that they seem forced to consider changing their own name, rather than the other way around.