Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Fitzroy Crossing: Marra Worra Worra has new directors

Marra Worra Worra members have elected new board members and accepted financial records at the corporations AGM.

Dickie Bedford

Dickie Bedford

ORIC, the government organisation that registers Indigenous Corporations, supervised the meeting after issuing compliance notices earlier this year for alleged irregularities.

Marra Worra Worra issued a statement a short time ago.

“The ORIC notice caused deep divisions in the community after highlighting concerns over a restructuring of MWW finances, but subsequent independent legal and financial advice confirmed that MWW directors had not acted illegally or unethically, and that the restructure was an accepted and logical business transaction,” the statement reads.

The meeting appointed five new directors in Carolyn Mulligan, Selina Middleton, Peter Murray, Nelson Bieunderry and Steven Carter; and reappointed Lynette Shaw.

Dickie Bedford remains the Executive Director.

You can read a statement here:

MBERS HAVE THEIR SAY

About 200 members of Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation have voted to accept financial records from the delayed 2012/13 Annual General Meeting.

The authorised AGM, finally held yesterday at the Fitzroy Crossing Recreational Hall, was overseen by Peter Armstrong from the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations in Canberra, who told MWW legal representatives he was satisfied that the gathering had properly dealt with the remaining issues raised in a compliance notice issued against MWW in February.

The ORIC notice caused deep divisions in the community after highlighting concerns over a restructuring of MWW finances, but subsequent independent legal and financial advice confirmed that MWW directors had not acted illegally or unethically, and that the restructure was an accepted and logical business transaction.

The meeting also appointed five new directors for two-year period – Carolyn Mulligan, Selina Middleton, Peter Murray, Nelson Bieunderry and Steven Carter – while Lynette Shaw was also reappointed.

MWW executive director Dickie Bedford, who was appointed to his position in August last year, said the Fitzroy community could now move on and put the damaging issue behind it.

“MWW can now start concentrating on the great tasks ahead instead of being distracted by these issues which have caused so many of us great distress,” he said.

“Strong management and leadership from the board have steered MWW through these difficult times and we are as committed as ever to continue serving the people of the Fitzroy Valley.

“We have a proven track record over many years of providing jobs and opportunity to our people. We will work harder than ever to make sure this continues.”

The 2013/14 MWW AGM will be held in November.

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