A vote to decide the make-up of the Darwin Turf Club board has been delayed as the club continues to deal with the fallout of an ICAC report into the handling of a $12 million government grant for a new grandstand.
A special general meeting will still take place tonight at the club to discuss the ICAC report
A final vote on board positions will not be decided until August 24 due to one of the 19 candidates being deemed ineligible
The Chief Minister is yet to outline what action he will take if individuals named in the report are re-elected
In June, the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, Ken Fleming, made findings of improper conduct against Darwin Turf Club Incorporated.
Five individuals were also adversely named, including club chairman Brett Dixon and fellow board member Damien Moriarty, both of whom have disputed the findings.
In the wake of the report, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner called on the entire 10-person board to resign to restore confidence in the organisation.
Mr Gunner said if they did not, he would introduce legislation to force them out.
All but three relinquished their positions, with Mr Dixon, Mr Moriarty and Dale Bicheno — who was not adversely named in the report — remaining on the board.
Former consumer affairs commissioner Richard O’Sullivan was later added to the board to oversee the implementation of governance standards ahead of a special general meeting called for tonight.
The meeting is still going ahead to allow members to discuss the findings of the ICAC report, as well as the club’s response to it.
They will also be asked to decide whether the four current board positions should be vacated ahead of a separate vote on the final make-up of the 10-person board.
The result of that vote was previously expected to be known as early as tonight, but ballot papers had to be recirculated to almost 600 club members after one of the 19 candidates was deemed ineligible.
The final count is now expected to be known on August 24.
Mr Gunner yesterday said he would await the outcome before deciding what action to take.
“I’m looking for the ability to move forward with a turf club board that is restoring trust and integrity in how they compose themselves.”
Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said she remained concerned about the Chief Minister’s previous threat to sack the board.
“We were horrified that Gunner might be walking into Parliament this week changing a law that could affect 1,600 associations across the Territory,” she said.
“We just don’t think the Chief Minister should have any power or overreach to just reach into community organisations and decide who’s going to be on their committee or their board.”