Vote puts same YAC peo­ple in charge

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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