Browne’s sponsor Galbally gains access to Collingwood’s membership registry
Mediation has resolved a dispute between Collingwood Football Club and Jeff Browne’s sponsor, Francis Galbally, with the attorney authorized to use a database of Collingwood members to contact them as long as it does not violate Corporations Law.
In the latest installment of the off-the-field dramas that loomed over Collingwood in 2021, attorneys for both sides were in Supreme Court last week to dispute whether a law would be violated if Galbally accessed the membership registry to contact them about a potential . spill from the board of directors at the club’s next annual general meeting.
Collingwood said late Wednesday that the matter was resolved and Galbally would withdraw its complaint to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
“Collingwood, prior to August 30, will provide Galbally with the club membership registry on the basis that Galbally has committed to the court to comply with section 177 of the Corporations Act,” the club said in a statement. .
“The process will be dismissed without order of costs.”
Judge Peter Riordan, who heard the case on Friday, recommended that the two parties undergo mediation before another hearing on September 13.
Galbally, who hails from a prominent Collingwood family, is a supporter of the former Nine Browne boss, who challenges Mark Korda for the Magpies presidency.
More than 1,500 members signed a petition started by longtime member David Hatley to call an extraordinary general meeting to reform the Pies board, but Hatley walked away from the petition and handed it over to Galbally.
Korda has said that candidates, including Browne, can run for three board seats at the General Shareholders’ Meeting, which the board moved forward from February to December.