Victorian native title corporation handed back to members

The Acting Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Joe Mastrolembo, has today announced the end of the special administration of the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC.

The native title body was initially placed under special administration in June 2017. However, two of the corporation’s former directors successfully challenged the decision in the Federal Court and the special administration was terminated on 25 August 2017.

On 14 September 2017 the corporation was again placed under special administration.

The special administrator consulted members and staff to resolve many of the issues that were disrupting operations and driving complaints about the governance of the corporation.

Members were also involved in reviewing and revising a governance framework including strengthening the corporation’s rule book. The revised rules improve the power of directors to manage the affairs of the corporation effectively and efficiently.

‘I am pleased that the special administrator with the members’ involvement has implemented better practices to help govern the corporation successfully into the future,’ said Mr Mastrolembo.

The corporation’s status as a registered Aboriginal party (RAP) under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic) was cancelled when the special administrator was appointed. Now that it is out of special administration it will apply to have its status reinstated.

Background

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ORIC MR1718-18
16 January 2018