New team at Bod­ding­ton re­source hub

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

A con­tro­ver­sial and di­vi­sive phase of the Bod­ding­ton Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre has come to an end, with a new com­mit­tee elected on Fri­day night.

An in­terim com­mit­tee was ap­pointed to the BCRC on June 28 af­ter an in­de­pen­dent au­dit found more than $93,000 was miss­ing from a grant given to the or­gan­i­sa­tion by the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment in 2012.

An eight-per­son com­mit­tee has now been elected by BCRC mem­bers, af­ter an an­nual meet­ing was held last Fri­day night.

Peter Allen was elected as the BCRC’s new chair­man, Gra­ham Stan­ley as deputy chair­man, and James Ren­dell as trea­surer.

Jes­sica Stag­gard, John Allert and Hian Boon Hsuwere elected as mem­bers.

Due to a new con­sti­tu­tion drafted since the saga be­gan, two of the com­mit­tee mem­bers must be Shire of Bod­ding­ton coun­cil­lors, be­ing Sha­ran Manez and sec­re­tary Rod McSwain.

Chair­woman of the in­terim com­mit­tee Lisa Car­rotts did not stand for re-election, cit­ing “bul­ly­ing” on so­cial me­dia pages that has plagued the town since June.

Ten mem­bers of the BCRC nom­i­nated them­selves for the eight po­si­tion, and Mrs Car­rotts be­lieves the lack of in­ter­est was due to the mem­bers fear­ing the bul­ly­ing.

“Now no one will put their hand up be­cause they’re too scared or in­tim­i­dated,” she said.

Mr Allen’s main fo­cus is now sta­bil­is­ing the BCRC and pro­vid­ing the best ser­vice pos­si­ble.

“We cer­tainly look­ing at try­ing to keep the shop front as it is and make sure the com­mit­tee get on board to keep com­pli­ance go­ing for­ward,” he said.

“Com­pli­ance is­sues are par­tially the rea­son for the mess we got into, good man­age­ment in the back ground will make the job eas­ier for the peo­ple in the front.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the miss­ing $93,000 con­tin­ues.

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