Vote puts same YAC people in charge
The board of an Aboriginal corporation which was ruled to have been invalidly elected earlier this year has been re-elected almost unchanged.
Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation members were forced to cast their votes again when the Supreme Court placed the group in the hands of receivers in March this year.
In the re-election, not a single representative from breakaway group Wirlu-Murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation was elected.
The order was brought on after WMYAC successfully argued YAC had no directors and therefore could not call another meeting or hold another election.
WMYAC spokesman John Sandy, who ran for a director position at YAC, said to say they were disappointed by the outcome was an understatement.
“There was a growing sentiment within our community that it was time for change, but somehow we have ended up with same people in charge as before.
“We were truly hoping for change in the way Yindjibarndi affairs are managed, but it seems we are going to get more of the same.”
Mr Sandy said the Wirlu-Murra organisation would continue to stand up for a better future for all Yindjibarndi people.
A receiver is still appointed to the corporation until April 29 to conduct an investigation into survey work provided by the corporation to a member.
In a written statement, Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations said the receiver would provide a report regarding the ongoing investigation to the court and registrar.
It said more than 250 of 424 YAC members attended in person, with a large number also participating through a proxy.
YAC and WMYAC have been engaged in a long-running dispute over mining royalties from Fortescue Metals Group, which operates the only mine on Yindjibarndi country.
Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation failed to respond by time of print.