AN EMERGENCY meeting has been called at Tuggeranong Arts Centre today.
In a media release from ACT opposition spokesperson for The Arts & Tourism, Brendan Smyth, and Liberal MLA and Member for Brindabella, Nicole Lawder, it was suggested that the Board of Management running the popular community centre could “face the sack” when it meets members of the Tuggeranong Community Arts Association this evening.
“I’m calling on Joy Burch to investigate the issues and assure the Legislative Assembly that the community’s funding of TCA and its other responsibilities are protected,” Mr Smyth said, adding, “The meeting has been called by concerned members of the Association to question the current board over the appointment of its new chief executive and the departure of two long serving staff members.”
Ms Lawder says there was “the potential for two unfair dismissal claims while questions have also been raised about the finances of the organisation.”
“CityNews” understands that the two staff members concerned were the financial officer and the receptionist.
The relatively new chief executive of the centre, Rauny Worm, was appointed earlier in 2013 to replace the founder and former director, Domenic Mico. Ms Worm came to TCA from the position of program coordinator, Youth and Education for the Centenary of Canberra, but before that she was for many years an officer at Belconnen Community Services. A relative unknown in the wider arts community, she has since overseen the completion of a $2 million building renovation begun under Mr Mico’s watch.
As so often happens in the ACT, there is evidently a political component to the issue. The president of TCA is Jenny Hargreaves, the public officer is former politician and her husband, John Hargreaves and one of the committee members, the prominent multicultural community activist, Sam Wong was last year named a People of Australia Ambassador by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Senator Kate Lundy.