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Appointments to Aboriginal Hostels Ltd

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The Hon. Ian Wilson, M.P. ^


The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Mr Ian Wilson, announced today the appointment of directors to the board of Aboriginal Hostels Limited.


There are two new directors - Mr Ray Fordimail Wenten Rabuntja, both from the Northern Territory. and

Mr Wilson also announced the re-appointment of the following directors:

- Miss Lois 0 1Donoghue, AM, (S.A.) - Miss Marion Kickett, (W.A.) - Senator Neville Bonner, (Qld.) - Mr Ron Eades, (Vic.) - Mrs Marjorie Wilmett, (Qld.) - Mrs Merle Jackomos, (Vic.) - Mr Charles Madden, (N.S.W.)

Miss Lois O'Donoghue has been reappointed as chairman for a three year term.

Mr Wilson said the new directors were filling vacancies left by the retirement from the Board of Mr Charles Perkins and the resignation in December of Mr Gatjil Djerrkura, (N.T.). Mr Perkins did not seek re-appointment to the Board.

Mr Wilson expressed his appreciation of Mr Perkins' contribution to Aboriginal Hostels Limited. Mr Perkins was the longest serving director of the company having been foundation Chairman following his appointment in June, 1973.

"During his time on the board, Mr Perkins played a valuable role in the operation and development of the company", Mr Wilson said.

The new directors would bring valuable experience and expertise to their new positions, the Minister said.

Mr Ray Fordimail, of Katherine, is a council member of the Northern Land Council, chairman of the Mimi Arts and Crafts Pty Ltd, board member of Baruwei Enterprises Pty Ltd and a committee member of the Kalano Association, Katherine.

Mr Wenten Rabuntja, a senior tribal leader of the Aranda people of Central Australia, is chairman of the Tangentyerre Council, Alice Springs, consultant, and former chairman of the Central Land Council, member of the Northern Territory

Conservation Commission and member of the Sacred Sites Protection Authority.

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Aboriginal Hostels Ltd is a public company, limited by guarantee, which is funded by the Commonwealth Government. Its aim is to operate and fund suitable accommodation for Aboriginal people in need of short term accommodation. Aboriginal

Hostels Ltd was allocated $8.35 million in the 1981-82 financial year and received an additional $100,000 during the year under the Commonwealth Governments $2m crisis accommodation program.