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Statement Regarding Bernard Singer Print E-mail

12 January 2015

The chairman of APY, Bernard Singer has resigned after ten years service to Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara.

The resignation is effective immediately.

Mr Singer says he leaves the APY organisation with a heavy heart, but needs to concentrate on his family. Mr Singer has recently lost two members of his immediate family, his mother to illness and his 15-year old son in a tragic car accident.

“I have served Anangu for ten years, it is time now for me to spend time with my family, so that we can grieve our losses in private,” said Mr Singer.

 Mr Singer says he has recently been criticised by articles in The Australian. “I believe that those criticisms will in time be shown to have no basis,” he said.

“The APY Executive, led by me, ordered a number of inquiries into the administrative arm of APY during 2014. Among these were investigations into the Cattle business and the financial unit of APY,” said Mr Singer.

“Those investigations have confirmed our suspicions. I leave the organisation knowing that we have uncovered a range of problems and that APY is now poised to implement the recommendations of those investigations and reviews.”

Among the achievements during my time as chairman are:

  • a reduction in the number of youth suicides on the Lands
  • a new skills training centre opening at Umuwa. 471 people have accessed training at the centre
  • AFL program for young footballers established on lands
  • Developed a cattle and camel business
  • Established a Regional Partnership Authority which is writing a regional plan to look at investment and business opportunities
  • Attracted a $106million upgrade of the main road through the APY Lands
  • Partnership with Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to encourage school attendance.
  • Attracted a $3.6million new landfill program from SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure



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