AGM to vote in new CRC com­mit­tee

Narrogin Observer - - News - Mic­a­hel Traill

The Bod­ding­ton Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre’s in­terim com­mit­tee has an­nounced an an­nual gen­eral meet­ing will be held on Fri­day, Septem­ber 7.

At the AGM mem­bers of the BCRC will vote on a new com­mit­tee of eight mem­bers, which must in­clude two Shire of Bod­ding­ton coun­cil­lors, after the in­terim com­mit­tee was ap­pointed on June 28.

In May, $93,000 was found miss­ing from a grant given to the or­gan­i­sa­tion by the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment, prompt­ing in­ter­ven­tion by the Shire of Bod­ding­ton to help the cen­tre avoid in­sol­vency.

Since the in­terim com­mit­tee was ap­pointed, ten­sions have risen in Bod­ding­ton, across so­cial me­dia, over the han­dling of the BCRC’s tran­si­tional pe­riod.

Chair­woman of the in­terim com­mit­tee Lisa Car­rotts al­leged that on Au­gust 10, for­mer mem­bers and em­ploy­ees of the BCRC ac­cessed the BCRC’s com­puter net­work with­out autho­ri­sa­tion and have been banned by the BCRC premises for 60 days.

Mrs Car­rotts also said an in­de­pen­dent au­dit of the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial records were ex­pected to be ready by Au­gust 31.

“Hav­ing pre­pared the books for au­dit, the com­mit­tee can now fo­cus its at­ten­tion on the miss­ing funds from the Leeuwin Trust,” she said.

“The ex­pec­ta­tion of the depart­ment and the Bod­ding­ton com­mu­nity is that this should be one of the com­mit­tee's fi­nal ac­tions be­fore hand­ing over at the AGM.”

A spokes­woman for DPIRD told the Nar­ro­gin Ob­server the depart­ment had en­gaged with the new BCRC com­mit­tee in re­la­tion to the grant.

“(We) have found them to be re­spon­sive and timely in de­liv­er­ing in­for­ma­tion and pro­vid­ing ac­count­abil­ity for grant funds,” she said.

The com­mit­tee can now fo­cus its at­ten­tion on the miss­ing funds from the Leeuwin Trust. Lisa Car­rotts

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