Dispute to head to court
A dispute between two Yindjibarndi corporations will head to court this month over alleged discrepancies about the leadership structure. Splinter group Wirlu-Murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation is taking Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation to the Supreme Court on February 22 over the validity of appointed directors at the native title body.
WMYAC chairman John Sandy, who mounted the challenge, said he was pleased the issue would now be heard by the court.
“I look forward to these issues being determined by the Supreme Court in late February,” he said.
“I am confident the court will uphold my challenge and that, in particular, the resolutions to admit the new members to YAC will be found to have been wrongly passed.”
Mr Sandy has further claimed 46 new members had been admitted to YAC since an annual general meeting in November, while the majority of Wirlu-Murra applicants had been rejected.
A YAC spokesman said the court hearing represented the “last hope” to cripple the body before native title was determined in March.
The spokesman claimed WMYAC had rejected an offer to have an evenly represented YAC/ WMYAC board at the AGM.