The Alice Springs company owing substantial amounts of money to suppliers of the Mbantua Festival in Alice Springs in August last year appear to be in deep water again, this time over the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week in April this year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Ms Perkins (left) with fashion designer Sophie Nixon pictured in Deadly Vibe.
The $1.3m grant from the Federal Government to the Mbantua Festival, and the investment in the event by the town's people, make debts to suppliers more than an issue between the producers and its creditors: It's a public issue, says Alice Springs News Online in an open letter to director Neville Perkins.
A firm that staged the Mbantua Festival last year has debts of nearly half a million dollars, according to a report by the Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations. Film maker Rachel Perkins (pictured on the set of Bungalow Song, one of the highlights of the festival), is pressing for legal action against the firm's directors. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Krystal Perkins resigned as a director of the Arrulka Corporation two days after the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) ordered an examination of the corporation's books. Arrulka managed the Mbantua Festival last year which still owes money to performers and suppliers. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Ms Perkins is in the centre of the photo, in 2010.
The Mbantua Festival has not properly acquitted grants from the Federal Government totaling $1.3m, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet stated this afternoon. The Alice Springs News Online is seeking comment from company director Neville Perkins and his co-director and daughter Krystal Perkins (centre of the photo, in 2010 pictured with a staff member). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Noted film maker Rachel Perkins (pictured) says she is not a director nor office holder of the company that ran the Mbantua Festival last year which still has substantial debts to artists and suppliers including her.
"Tourism Central Australia are not in the position to make comment on Tourism NT spend." Pardon? Isn't that exactly what Tourism CA is meant to be doing? COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: Who conducts tourism promotion spending in the Territory? Should the Darwin Symphony Orchestra money have gone to the Mbantua Festival? Matthew Wood conducts at the concert in Alice Springs on Sunday.
Mbantua Festival chairman Neville Perkins attacks Imparja TV for inadequate involvement in the event while he cops flak from the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Sacred rocks behind the Mbantua performance areas are at the centre of the latest festival controversy.
The missing faces in this crowd at the Dan Sultan concert on Saturday – and the rest of the Mbantua Festival – are those of the three Members of Parliament representing Alice Springs: Chief Minister Adam Giles (Braitling), Tourism Minister Matt Conlan (Greatorex) and Robyn Lambley (Araluen). Organiser Neville Perkins says 15,000 people attended the five day spectacular but he is "disappointed and disgusted" the three town Members were a no show. Bush MLAs Bess Price (Stuart) and Alison Anderson (Namatjira) attended. The inaugural festival is widely expected to become a major fixture for locals and a knock-out attraction for tourists. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Please note updates at FULL STORY from Bess Price, Adam Giles and Imparja.