The newly elected members of the incomplete board which runs the Margaret River Farmers’ Market have revealed the irregularities in the group’s recent annual meeting which inform their complaint to WA’s Deparment of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. As the Times reported last week, the Margaret River Regional Producers’ Association AGM was marred by three members of the seven-person committee resigning after the appointment of past chair Andreas Frutiger. Only the four new members were left on the market’s board by night’s end, with the association now without a quorum to hold meetings. Figures who asked not to be named said a history of personality clashes between Mr Frutiger and Farmers’ Market co-ordinator Katrina Lombardo was the reason previous chairman James Taylor and committee members Janelle Leiper and John Bowskill resigned. In a letter to members late last week, new members Mr Frutiger, ex-Margaret River Wine Association chief Nick Power, Gordon Wilson and Stephanie Hondema apologised for the “mishandling of the whole AGM process”. The letter stated the previous board failed to provide the required six weeks notice for the AGM by almost a month, and said rules around proxies and their limits “were not enforced by the committee members who supervised the election”. “It is only right and correct that the election will be repeated in due time by means of a Special General Meeting of the MRPA,” the new members said. “To ensure the association continues to work for the benefit of members, we will be voluntarily standing aside until a new election can be held.” The letter follows a report from previous committee members Ms Leiper and former chair Mr Taylor which confirmed “irregularities” were uncovered in a review of the AGM. The authors called for a fresh election, particularly due to non-financial association members voting as proxies in the election of the new committee members. The new committee members confirmed referral to DMIRS’ commerce division to review the election procedure. Insiders said there was no immediate risk to the market. New committee members declined to respond to inquiries.