Dis­pute to head to court

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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