2019 AMRRIC AGM in Darwin

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Outgoing Board Chair, Peter Stephenson provided a welcome to stakeholders who joined AMRRIC for a networking function on the grounds of Lyons Cottage, hosted by Aboriginal Bush Traders.

AMRRIC hosted its Annual General Meeting in Darwin on Saturday 26th October 2019, following two days of face-to-face meetings.  The opportunity for our nationally and internationally dispersed Directors to come together in one place is met with a tightly packed schedule of meetings focused on strategic development and management of the organisation.   


The AMRRIC Board host a networking opportunity with local stakeholders at each face-to-face board meeting to greet and talk with valued AMRRIC partners, collaborators and members.  Our event in October was hosted at Lyon’s Cottage with the beautiful Darwin Esplanade backdrop; Aboriginal Bush Traders spoilt guests with their wonderful native bush foods inspired refreshments on the evening.   


At the AGM, AMRRIC acknowledged the following changes to its Directors: 


  • Farewell and thank you to departing Director Christine Ross, who since her appointment in 2016, has throughout that time held the positions of Director and Chair of AMRRIC’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group.  Her valuable support will be missed and we wish Christine all the best for her future as she remains busily involved with her own consultancy and positions on other committees and working groups. 


  • The board welcomed Scott Gorringe who was appointed to the position of Director and Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group.  It was wonderful for Scott to have the opportunity to meet board and staff members across the two days.  Scott has an inspired background and focus in education.  You can get to know Scott along with our team of Board Directors here. 


  • The board also thanked and acknowledged Alex Blackman who had held a casual vacancy position on the board in 2019 but stood down from the role at the AGM due to prioritised work commitments.  Alex remains a valued member of AMRRIC’s Advisory Group. 


In addition, Peter Stephenson stepped down as Chairperson, and was thanked for his time and leadership in the role as he readies for the end of his term at the next AGM.  Kate Blaszak was appointed as the new Chairperson, and her vacated role of Vice-Chair was appointed to Ann-Margret Withers.  Ann-Margret remained the Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee for another term. 


The board at this time also reviewed the performance of the organisation over the past twelve months, which had seen growth in many areas which you can view in our 2019 Annual Report.  Of note was the continued support of the Australian Government through a funding commitment to AMRRIC through to 30/06/2022.  This stability would see an internal period of focus on creating sustainability in the funding outlook for AMRRIC into the future, amongst ongoing and increased support of companion animals in remote communities through continuing and new veterinary and education programs and initiatives.   


The board also wished to acknowledge and thank outgoing Minister for Indigenous Affairs, the Honorable Nigel Scullion who announced his retirement at the 2019 election, and equally acknowledged the incoming Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Honorable Ken Wyatt. 

Frances Grant
Author: Frances Grant