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New team appointed, but GIFSA remains quiet over staff exodus

Embattled disability services provider Goldfields Individual and Family Support Association has appointed an acting executive team to move the organisation past recent turmoil.

The taxpayer-funded organisation went to ground this week, declining to explain why the entire executive team and chairman left last week.

Bunbury-based Jason Hall, currently a manager at Enable WA, will step up as acting chief executive from November 18.

Mr Hall has held senior roles in the disability sector for six years and previously worked as a legal practitioner.

The appointment comes as another service user comes forward urging the NDIS-registered firm to reveal why former chief executive Robert Hicks, chairman Graham Thomson and two more senior figures departed.

“So much money, $100,000-plus, of my son’s funding is in this company,” Jen Hackney said on social media. “Why can’t we know more about the operations of this NDIS company. I think it’s fair to ask for an explanation or information on plans for the future direction of this company.”

GIFSA finance officer Nick Hill will be acting finance manager.

“I love working for GIFSA, and being able to contribute to the people we support in a small way,” he said. “I’ve been living in Kalgoorlie for seven years after moving from Perth and love the change from the big city lifestyle.”

The agency’s individual services co-ordinator Michelle Parkes will act in the services operation manager role.

“GIFSA has given me opportunity’s to step up and further my career,” she said. “GIFSA has also introduced me to some amazing families and inspiring stories which have contributed to my passion for working in the disability industry.”

GIFSA in September signed a memorandum of understanding with the Shire of Coolgardie to improve disability access in the community.

Coolgardie president Mal Cullen declined to comment.

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