Divisions in the Wilderness Society have deepened, with two opposing groups now claiming to hold power after meetings in Canberra.
Following allegations of mismanagement, bullying and deceit, the warring parties of the Wilderness Society met in Canberra yesterday.
Shortly after the meeting started, the splinter group, Save the Wilderness Society, walked out.
Spokesman Geoff Law said they held a separate meeting which passed a resolution to dissolve the existing national committee.
“We did the best that we could and complied with the constitution and ensured that our meeting went ahead,” he said.
“There were hundreds of people there in a constitutional meeting electing a new management committee which can hopefully leave behind the blemishes of the past.
“We now have a new management committee and the means of moving forward in healing the divisions.”
The existing committee said that meeting was illegitimate.
“This alternative splinter group are a disgraced rabble,” said Wilderness Society executive director Alec Marr.
Both groups are now claiming to run the organisation.
Mr Marr warns that legal action against the breakaway group is likely.