Grievances were raised by Adnyamathanha people at an information meeting

COMMUNITY: Cheryl Coulthard-Waye, left, Stacey Brady and Enice Marsh stood beside special administrators Brian Bero and Bevan Mailman after the meeting.
COMMUNITY: Cheryl Coulthard-Waye, left, Stacey Brady and Enice Marsh stood beside special administrators Brian Bero and Bevan Mailman after the meeting.
FAMILY: Brother and sister Charlie Jackson and Enice Marsh attended the meeting of Adnyamathanha people.

FAMILY: Brother and sister Charlie Jackson and Enice Marsh attended the meeting of Adnyamathanha people.

Claims of bullying and lack of consultation were made at an information meeting for the Adnyamathanha in Port Augusta on Saturday.

The meeting was called to discuss the findings of the special administrators of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association.

Sitting in the front row of the 90-strong meeting, Geraldine Anderson said she had been "bullied" within the community over her beliefs relating to the association.

"When are we going to go back to reality?" she said to applause.

Cheryl Coulthard-Waye criticised a lack of consultation by the association.

"No-one has ever got in contact with us elders," she said. Most questions at the three-hour meeting were raised by women. One said the association had a "good hiding" from the media.

Another woman said: "How many people know what the association was set up for?"

This was followed by a comment from a woman that "best practice" should be the guide for operation of the association.

"Tiger" McKenzie said the association should say to young people: "You can do anything you like in life".

He said good jobs and training were needed.

But former association chairman Vince Coulthard, commenting on the involvement of the administrators, said: "Where is the self-determination ... the right for our country?"

Enice Marsh said she would like the administrators to work solely on the rule book or constitution. Another woman said people did not want the possible reorganisation of the association to be "on one person's shoulders". "We want it to be shared," she said,

Registrar of Indigenous Corporations Selwyn Button, who attended from Canberra, told the meeting that legislation required dispute-resolution and mediation processes to be included in the operation of the association.

Meanwhile, he said former directors were banned from sitting on any new board of the association for three years to give the corporation "clean space".

An audience member then said: "We come from that country, but a lot of them don't know where that country is."

Loralee Wright said she would like the issue of heritage to be covered by the rule book.

Denise Champion said: "One of the reasons why we are here today is that we are not that good at making decisions." She said a "clear understanding" of issues was needed. Administrator Bevan Mailman told the meeting that the community was unable to move forward unless changes were made to the association's operation.

"We are here to present information and make recommendations," he said.

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