I am a Ranger by trade, first coming to Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park – shortly after hand back in 1989. I later returned with my family, to once again live at Mutitjulu, this time as the Park Manager. Working with the Board and park staff we successfully developed the $21m sunrise area, established the Mala (Hare Wallaby) paddock and introduced the summer seasonal closure of the climb.
In between time at the rock, I worked for the Kimberley Land Council in 1995 as their first Land Management Officer where I negotiated the first Indigenous Protected Area at Paruku (Lake Gregory) in WA and with a National Heritage Trust Co-ordinator established their Land and Sea Management Unit. As the CFI was being developed in 2010-11, I worked with a dedicated team of people to ensure Indigenous interests were acknowledged and supported through the establishment of the $22m Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund, a co-benefits report and Indigenous Negotiation Roundtables with the Australian Government.
I come from the Wondunna clan of the Badtjala people, Traditional Owners of Fraser Island (K’gari) in Queensland. I live in Alice Springs.
I am a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lady. My great Grandmother was a full blood Aboriginal lady (Waikamin Tribe) born in Darwin. I have historical and traditional ties to the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula. My Mother’s side of the family are of Welsh descent.
For 20+ years I have worked in Native Title all over Cape York, in particular the Northern Peninsula Area and Weipa Area. I established close working relationships and formed treasured family bonds with many people whilst assisting in their legal fight to get their Native Title rights and interests recognised.
I joined the AbCF in April 2019, for me it was a good steppingstone from Native Title into continued work with Traditional Owners to be able to create a real income stream once land has a consent determination of native title. Working with pastoralist and farmers to assist with being able to keep people on their land through a possible carbon projects was also another aspect which made me want to join the company. Working with a company that creates real change in people’s lives is something I am passionate about and remain committed to. Climate change and the environment is an equally important and exciting field that I look forward to the challenges that lay ahead.
I am an experienced consultant and international development specialist, with extensive experience in non-government (NGO) health, overseas aid and Australian Indigenous community development initiatives.
My skills-set and experience are in the areas of research, facilitation, program design, monitoring, evaluation and learning (DMEL) and stakeholder and partnership management. I’m passionate about program effectiveness best-practice, that genuinely puts decision-making in the hands of people that it impacts the most.
I first came into contact with Aboriginal Carbon Foundation in 2014, whilst facilitating a meeting of Aboriginal organisations at Ross River, outside Alice Springs. At the time I was in a DMEL role at Caritas Australia. In 2016 we began to work on the Core Benefit Standard, and I came on board with AbCF in early 2018, to dedicate my time to the implementation and continued learning and improvement around this unique and exciting peer to peer verification approach.
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