Gap Youth Centre getting ready to resume operations

A community information meeting for the Gap Youth Centre Aboriginal Corporation (GYC) will take place on Wednesday, 13 August 2008 at 5.30 pm. All members and interested community members are invited to attend.

The meeting has been called by the special administrators who were appointed to GYC after the corporation was forced to close its doors earlier this year because of financial difficulties.

The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) appointed the administrators, Mr Tony Jonsson and Gerry Mier from KPMG on 4 February 2008. Since then, the administrators have been working to restructure the operations and finances of GYC. In the meantime, the Tangentyere Council and Mission Australia have conducted the Reconnect and Out of School Hours Care/Vacation Care programs from the GYC premises.

The community information meeting will be held in the hall at the GYC premises. It has been organised to encourage interested parties and members of the community to become involved in GYC’s current and planned services.

The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Mr Anthony Beven, said that the special administrators had been negotiating with various Commonwealth and Northern Territory Government departments to obtain funding to restore GYC’s solvency.

‘I am confident that good progress has been made and that the corporation is close to resuming the key services it provides to its members and the community in Alice Springs.

‘ORIC will continue to institute measures that are aimed at improving the compliance rate of corporations and to improve governance within corporations,’ Mr Beven said.

GYC will also be holding its annual general meeting soon where they will be required to adopt a new rule book which complies with the CATSI Act. They will also appoint directors to take control of the corporation once the special administration ends.

Where: Gap Youth Centre hall, 91 Gap Road, Alice Springs
When: 13 August 2008 at 5.30 pm
Who: All those with an interest in Gap Youth Centre
Contact: ORIC on freecall 1800 622 431 (not free for mobiles).

Lisa Donnelly
02 6219 7611
5 August 2008
ORIC MR0809–03