YYNAC has some important updates for the YYNAC Community

Extension of special administration

The special administration was due to end on 17 May 2024, however the registrar extended the end date to 9 August 2024. The main reasons for the extension was to allow further time to complete the CEO recruitment process and review of the rule book.

A third Special administration newsletter has been prepared and sent to members. A copy of the 3rd newsletter is available on the YYNAC website and the ORIC website.

Recruitment of a new CEO

Pipeline Talent were engaged to undertake the recruitment process for a new CEO. The recruitment process was comprehensive. We thank the members of the Advisory Group who assisted in the process and participated as panel members on the 1st and 2nd round interviews of the CEO applicants.

John Kerr, New CEO for YYNAC

John Patrick Kerr – new CEO

From this comprehensive process, we are pleased to advise that John Kerr has been appointed as the new CEO for YYNAC. John brings significant executive experience to the role, having most recently been CEO of Moama Local Aboriginal Land Council Aboriginal Corporation.

John is a proud Yorta Yorta man and is well known to the Yorta Yorta community.

John has significant experience in the NSW Land Rights system which will enhance and build on YYNAC’s strong presence in the Victorian Land Rights system for the benefit of the Yorta Yorta people.

John has extensive experience in the natural resource management sector with a network within NSW including NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Murray Local Lands services, Western Murray Land Improvement Group, Murray Darling Basin Authority Joint Indigenous Group, Forrest Corporation NSW and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council sector including the Deniliquin and Moama Local Aboriginal Land councils that sits within Yorta Yorta Country in NSW.

John commences in the CEO role on Wednesday 3 July 2024.

We wish to thank Rowan Jayasuriya for his work in acting in the CEO role pending the appointment of a permanent CEO. Upon John’s commencement, Rowan will continue in his substantive role of Chief Operating Officer.

We also wish to thank all YYNAC staff for your ongoing work and support of YYNAC during the special administration.

Review of Rule Book

An important part of the special administration is reviewing and updating the rule book. Together with the Advisory Group, a review has been undertaken of the rule book to look to make changes to make it more relevant to the current operations of YYNAC and to strengthen the governance of YYNAC.

We have met with the advisory group on a number of occasions to workshop the proposed changes. These meetings have been very constructive and productive. We are grateful to the

members of the advisory group in giving up their time to attend the meetings and provide valuable input.

A summary of key details of the proposed new rule book is attached to the 3rd special administration newsletter. In addition, a draft new rule book will be loaded onto the ORIC and YYNAC website’s shortly. Alternatively, if you want a copy of the draft new rule book to be emailed to you, please contact YYNAC reception at

We will also hold an information meeting on 20 Juy 2024 to discuss the proposed changes and seek feedback from members. Further details are below.

Information Meeting

We will be holding an information meeting on Saturday 20 July 2024. Details of the meeting are as follows:

Date: Saturday 20 July 2024 Time: 11.00am

Location: Yenbena Training Centre 2 – 8 Schier Street Barmah Vic 3639

The meeting will only be open to corporation members and staff. It provides the opportunity to hear from the special administrators about work being done and allow people to ask questions.

A representative from ORIC, will attend and be available to answer any questions you may have. Noticer of the information meeting is attached to the 3rd special administration newsletter.

Forming a new board of directors

An important step in the final stage of the special administration is the appointment of a new board. The proposed new governance structure provides for a board of directors of up to 9 directors.

The new board will take over control of the corporation at the end of the special administration.

For corporation members who would like to be a director at the end of the special administration, a nomination form is attached to the 3rd special administration newsletter. If you are interested in being a director, please complete and return the attached nomination form to by 4 July 2024.