The new look AFL Central Australia governance structure has been completed with AFL Northern Territory announcing the new AFLCA Advisory Board today.
"The AFLNT Board ratified the decision at the latest board meeting and elected six members from Central Australia through an expression of interest process," said AFLNT CEO Tony Frawley.
The primary role of the Advisory board is to advise strictly on a strategic level, and will take on the task of setting a strategic direction for the next three years.
The former AFLCA board has been disbanded with AFLCA becoming officially affiliated and governed by AFLNT.
"Part of this affiliation was to ensure that AFLCA still had ownership, which the Advisory board will provide, and will ensure that the CAFL has a sustainable, successful and professional competition for future generations," said Frawley.
The advisory board members are as follows – the elected Chair, Paul Fitzsimons, five elected members Paul Archee, Cara Kirkwood, and Danny Fraser, former CAFL board Chair, Bev Ellis and Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan.
AFLCA Regional Manager, Andy Hood was keen to ensure that there was Indigenous and female representation, as well as commercial business experience.
"I am extremely delighted with the diversity, quality and skill set of the elected board. I believe this is an excellent group made up of quality people who bring some exceptional skills and experience to the table, who also have a keen passion for football in Central Australia,"
"It was really important that we had Aboriginal people representing football in Central Australia as there is such a high participation rate from Aboriginal people in remote communities,"
"AFLCA started a successful Women’s Football competition this year and we will be focusing on the development on of Women’s football, so it was critical to have strong female representation on the panel."
The Advisory board are set to meet for the first time this week and will be presented with some recommendations for the 2012 CAFL season.