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 & Torres Strait Islander woman. My great Grandmother was a descendant of the Wagiman Peoples (NT). I have historical & traditional ties to the Torres Strait & Cape York Peninsula. My Mother’s side of the family are of Welsh descent.
For 20 years I worked in Native Title in Cape York I was & still am committed to real change & empowerment in Aboriginal Communities. I established close working relationships in Cape York & formed treasured family bonds whilst assisting in their legal fight to get their Native Title rights & interests recognised.
Joining the AbCF in April 2019 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. Being able to also work with pastoralist & farmers to assist keeping people on their land through a possible carbon projects also was another aspect of the business I love. AbCF creates real change in people’s lives this is something I am passionate & committed to. Climate change & the environment is an equally important and exciting field. I look forward to the challenges that lay ahead and continuing to build connections and create partnerships that creates real change.
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.
I am a proud Murri Man descended from the Kabi Kabi and Birra Gubba Nations, with a bit of Danish and Sri Lankan thrown in. I was born and grew up on Goreng Goreng Country where I was shown a great life amongst my family and peers.
I have worked in construction, mining, agriculture, retail, hospitality, health, corporate, government, and community sectors. For the past 20 years I have worked almost exclusively in the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector in health, consultancy and business development roles.
Through all this life experience and study in health, management, and business development I’ve developed strong skills in community engagement, business development, research, and program design/implementation/evaluation. I am passionate about social justice; Indigenous knowledge and excellence; and business development with our Mob, by our Mob.
My connections are with Mbarbaram and Ewamain Traditional Owners in Far North Queensland/Gulf country. I also acknowledge my Scottish, Maori, Afghan ancestry. My work career has been extensive including compliance and governance consultancy, professional mediating, training and Assessment and mentoring as well as truck driving and law enforcement.
I was privileged to deliver Indigenous Job ready workshops Australia wide for Indigenous people who were experiencing considerable barriers to employment and career paths. My previous tenure as a Police Officer saw service in Aurukun, Hope Vale and Doomadgee in Queensland, where I first began my relationship building with Cape York Traditional Owners. These areas subsequently broadened as my previous role of Native Title PBC Support Worker and professional mediator where I worked extensively throughout Cape York, predominantly working with Napranum, Lockhart River, Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama and Coen Traditional Owners.
I was drawn to the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation because of the vision, operations model and, in particular, an opportunity to deliver a unique and community based training package that compliments thousands of years of traditional burning knowledge and techniques. In addition, being part of a process that enables Traditional Owners to assess and verify their environmental, social and cultural values.
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