Re­ceiver ap­pointed to over­see YAC

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A re­ceiver has been ap­pointed to Yind­jibarndi Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion by the Supreme Court fol­low­ing a find­ing ear­lier this month that the cor­po­ra­tion had no validly ap­pointed board.

Supreme Court Jus­tice Rene Le Miere has ap­pointed Ian Charles Fran­cis to over­see YAC un­til an April 19 general meet­ing in which YAC mem­bers will vote to elect a new board of direc­tors.

Jus­tice Le Miere said in his rea­sons the de­ci­sion was made to see that the prop­erty and re­sources of the cor­po­ra­tion were un­der con­trol of the re­ceiver so that they can­not be used or ap­plied to favour one group over an­other.

YAC mem­ber John Sandy, who brought the case be­fore the courts said he was pleased the court recog­nised a re­ceiver was nec­es­sary to over­see YAC in the lead up to the general meet­ing.

“We are re­lieved that fi­nally Yind­jibarndi peo­ple will be able to vote with their hearts and elect a board of direc­tors who are truly rep­re­sen­ta­tive of all peo­ple in our com­mu­nity,” he said.

The Supreme Court also or­dered that the re­ceiver shall not make any de­ci­sions on na­tive ti­tle mat­ters with­out prior ap­proval of the court.

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