Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation calls community meeting

A COMMUNITY meeting on Thursday evening will discuss a Wodonga Indigenous group whose operations have been criticised by some members.

Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation and Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, which are working together to improve the corporation’s governance, have called the 6pm meeting.

VACCHO chief executive Jill Gallagher hoped as many people as possible would attend.

“It’s just basically coming and having a conversation,” she said.

Concerns about the corporation have emerged in recent years, with a 2015 compliance notice issued by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations still unresolved.

Ms Gallagher acknowledged some people had spoken against the corporation’s management.

"That’s why the community meeting is so important, that everyone understands what we’re doing, where we’re at, so we can bring community along with us and not keep people in the dark,” she said.

Community member Judith Ahmat welcomed the meeting and encouraged all Indigenous people to attend.

“This is the first step Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation is taking to being open and transparent with the Aboriginal community and the members,” she said.

“This is a great opportunity to voice your opinion about how we can work together to create change and to be a strong and united voice.”

Mrs Ahmat said people should come to hear about plans “and what changes will occur within Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation to be able to provide a culturally safe environment and culturally appropriate services to the whole local Aboriginal community”.