Miss­ing $30,000 ac­counted for

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The trust that gov­erned Mana Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre used $30,000 of grant money to pay rent and staff, a re­port has con­cluded.

The Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs was called in af­ter Mana Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, which folded in De­cem­ber, re­ceived $30,000 from Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion in Septem­ber.

It is un­der­stood about $17,000 was used for the in­tended pur­pose of pay­ing for re­sources and ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses at the cen­tre, but there was a ques­tion mark over $13,000.

The last act­ing chair­man of the cen­tre’s trust, Rus­sell Mar­shall, said Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs has given the trust a clean slate af­ter its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

It was un­for­tu­nate the way the $30,000 grant was talked about in the pub­lic arena via the me­dia, he said, but the mat­ter was now closed and no money had to be paid back.

It was the first in­stance of a foun­da­tion grant, or part of a grant, not be­ing used for what it was in­tended, since Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion be­gan in 2002.

Rus­sell Mar­shall: Clean slate for trust.

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