Com­mu­nity ra­dio board re­jects pe­ti­tion ask­ing mem­bers to step down

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Toby Hussey

Op­po­nents of the Al­bany Com­mu­nity Ra­dio lead­er­ship have ob­tained more than 300 signatures for a pe­ti­tion call­ing for im­me­di­ate top-level changes.

The pe­ti­tion, sub­mit­ted to ACR on Oc­to­ber 18, re­quested the board be dis­solved ahead of the sta­tion’s planned Novem­ber AGM.

Board po­si­tions are set to be put up for vote on Novem­ber 26 but pe­ti­tion sup­porter Brian Rus­sell said the signatures showed the pub­lic wanted im­me­di­ate change.

Mr Rus­sell said he wanted the board re­placed with a care­taker group un­til the Novem­ber meet­ing. “We hope the ex­ist­ing com­mit­tee take no­tice that the pub­lic out there aren’t happy,” he said.

“The pe­ti­tion is ask­ing them to stand down, which we had (pre­vi­ously) asked them to do.”

How­ever, ACR chair­man Adrian Mar­shall said the board would not stand down. Mr Mar­shall said the pe­ti­tion was in­valid and that the sta­tion would press on with its Novem­ber meet­ing.

“We’re stick­ing to what we agreed with the other party, the sta­tus quo re­mains,” he said.

ACR has been shaken by un­rest for months, with re­cent dis­putes at the sta­tion lead­ing to po­lice in­ter­ven­tion on two oc­ca­sions.

At an Au­gust spe­cial meet­ing, a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion in man­age­ment and sta­tion co-or­di­na­tor Rod­ney Na­tion passed 47-4.

How­ever, the board re­jected that vote, claim­ing it didn’t com­ply with the sta­tion’s con­sti­tu­tion.

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