There will be no vote to elect a new board of directors at the New Mardi Gras AGM on August 23.

Company secretary Melanie Miller has confirmed only five people have nominated for the eight available board positions.

Nominations closed last Friday. New Mardi Gras will officially announce the five nominees today.

The five nominees will be automatically elected to the board. A search will then take place to find three additional people to fill the remaining board positions.

Miller said the lack of response was indicative of the community’s approval of how New Mardi Gras is being managed.

It’s actually a very positive response. In one respect you might be thinking, well why aren’t more people interested in being directors? But I think the community and especially the members are actually very comfortable with the progress and the results of Mardi Gras for last season, Miller told Sydney Star Observer.

I think it shows that they think that the current directors have done a really good job so they’re happy to let it continue.

If we saw a mass nomination it would mean that the community and the members are not comfortable with what NMG are doing.

After the AGM, New Mardi Gras is likely to advertise for additional directors to be appointed to the board. Miller said the board is likely to seek out people with the skills required to fill the vacancies.

Because we’ve only received five nominations for the eight advertised positions, there will be no vote, she said.

It also means that after the directors are appointed at the AGM, to bring the number up to the eight that we need, we will be able to advertise for and select people with the skills that we need, which will mean we will be able to further expand in the directions we want to go.

New Mardi Gras is expected to announce a significant profit at the AGM this year following strong interest in this year’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

info: The New Mardi Gras AGM will be held on August 23 at 297 – 299 Trafalgar St, Petersham. Members will be sent a copy of the 2008 Annual Report on August 8 or will be able to access a copy via the website www.mardigras.org.au.

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