New team at Boddington resource hub
A controversial and divisive phase of the Boddington Community Resource Centre has come to an end, with a new committee elected on Friday night.
An interim committee was appointed to the BCRC on June 28 after an independent audit found more than $93,000 was missing from a grant given to the organisation by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in 2012.
An eight-person committee has now been elected by BCRC members, after an annual meeting was held last Friday night.
Peter Allen was elected as the BCRC’s new chairman, Graham Stanley as deputy chairman, and James Rendell as treasurer.
Jessica Staggard, John Allert and Hian Boon Hsuwere elected as members.
Due to a new constitution drafted since the saga began, two of the committee members must be Shire of Boddington councillors, being Sharan Manez and secretary Rod McSwain.
Chairwoman of the interim committee Lisa Carrotts did not stand for re-election, citing “bullying” on social media pages that has plagued the town since June.
Ten members of the BCRC nominated themselves for the eight position, and Mrs Carrotts believes the lack of interest was due to the members fearing the bullying.
“Now no one will put their hand up because they’re too scared or intimidated,” she said.
Mr Allen’s main focus is now stabilising the BCRC and providing the best service possible.
“We certainly looking at trying to keep the shop front as it is and make sure the committee get on board to keep compliance going forward,” he said.
“Compliance issues are partially the reason for the mess we got into, good management in the back ground will make the job easier for the people in the front.”
The investigation into the missing $93,000 continues.