CAAAPU to get skilled board


Peter McQuoid, the special administrator of the drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility CAAAPU, will replace its board mostly with “skills based” people who “understand business management concepts”.
There will be at least one member with financial management skills and one with clinical skills, he says.
Mr McQuoid was appointed by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) after CAAAPU had a loss of $233,000 in the financial year ending June 2015.
But he says there were no indications of theft nor misappropriation: “The problem was financial management.”
He will be working with an advisory body until the the special administration comes to an end in June when the organisation will be “handed back to its members”.
This was the outcome of a closed meeting of about 50 people, attended by locals, officials from ORIC and major funding bodies, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Territory Government.
The remuneration of board members was “not a topic”.
All agreed that it was important for  CAAAPU to continue its work. There was “100% support for the corporation,” Mr McQuoid said.


  1. So the next question is, how did an inadequately-skilled board get elected in the first place, and is this situation mirrored in other organisations around Alice and the Territory?

  2. It seems to be a normal occurrence that board members are on multiple boards all the while being paid sitting fees / travel allowance. Skills base at times would be low but usually they have a family connection.

  3. If Peter McQuoid is really interested in putting a proper board into the CAAAPU organization, he needs to make sure that any proposed applicant is thoroughly vetted and not from the same old, same old groups, families and hangers-on.
    Members of the communities need to be nurtured in order for them to get back to health and this includes the benefit of families to be involved in their well being.
    But seriously, look at combining resources with the likes of Bushmob who have credibility and look at caring for the younger generation who unfortunately have developed the problem of both drug and alcohol.


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