- New South Wales
- Australian Capital Territory
- Northern Territory
- Western Australia
- South Australia
Justin Hermes – Sydney, NSW
Justin lives in Mt Druitt and hails from Muri Warri/Brenarind. Justin works as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer in the community. and he is a friendly, trustworthy, and approachable person. Justin’s greatest achievements include his family and his work. His vision for the future is to see as many Aboriginal people as possible getting an education and working for each other.
Rod Silva – Yowie Bay, NSW
Rod was born in Sydney and raised in Mt Druitt. Rod is one of six children with his father hailing from Kempsey and his mother coming from Moree. Rod works for the NSW Police Force as a General Duties Sergeant. His biggest achievement was getting married to his wife Deborah and being a proud father of two beautiful girls. Rod’s vision for the future is that his children will grow up well, be well educated and will make a significant contribution to their country for their people.
Anthony Towney – Taree, NSW
Anthony was born and bred in Gilgandra, Central Western NSW. He is currently an Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer with the NSW Police having worked in the NSW Police force for 12 years. Anthony’s major achievements include being married and having four children, as well as representing Australia in boxing at the World Junior Championships. Anthony enjoys working with Aboriginal people and his vision is to see Aboriginal people living in harmony.
Steve Beetson – Grafton, NSW
Steve is from Grafton and is a Wiradjuri man. Steve works at a youth detention centre as a youth officer. He is a proud husband and the father of a well respected young man. Steve is very reliable and likes to have a good laugh. Steve’s vision for the future is to achieve personal goals and to keep Indigenous out of custody.
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Chris Appo – Banora Point, NSW
Chris is a local of the Bundjalung Nation and lives in Tweed heads. Chris is a counsellor and promotes advocacy and court support for Indigenous people. He is honest, has good character and tries to live what he believes, rather than just say it. Chris has a supportive wife and children and is very conscious of spending time with them. Chris’ vision for the future includes the establishment of an independent counselling service.
Richard Luland – Worrigee, NSW
Richard, or Boodjarn (bird,) lives on the NSW South Coast and belongs to the Yuin Nation through his mother’s people. He is a proud husband and father of 4 children. Richard has a strong connection to the ocean and where the bush meets the sea, and he can always get a feed from these places for his family if they are battling. He is now looking to the future to teach his children the things that he has learned, so that when they leave his shadow they will have a base to build on; just like his grandfather did for him.
Craig Foreshew – Budgewoi, NSW
Craig is a Wiradjuri man. He was born in Peak Hill, grew up in Sydney and now lives on the NSW Central Coast. Craig is a Cultural and Heritage Officer and also sits on committees for organisations. Craig is reliable and creative. He has completed several training programs. Craig hopes to grow over the next ten years and become a progressive leader. Craig’s vision is that communities may experience good health and well being.
Ron Binge – Moore Creek, NSW
Ron’s communities are Tamworth and Narrabri. He is a Kamilaroi man and a teacher and mentor in his community. Ron is a dedicated family man. He is proud of providing positive support to several insecure youth, and has played representative rugby league among many other sports. Ron’s visions for the future include becoming a better leader within the community, and to see his children secure in life and health
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Frank Stewart – Coffs Harbour, NSW
Frank is a Wamba Wamba man who is acknowledged by the Tharawal and Gumbuingirr people. Frank is a husband and father to his family, a podiatrist and the Treasurer of the local Aboriginal Medical Service. Frank is proud of his marriage, the birth of his children, and of acquiring a degree, a home and a business. He is very proud of his Aboriginality, enjoys living and works to live rather than living to work. Frank’s vision includes becoming more politically involved in order to motivate and mobilise Aboriginal men to prosper in life.
Peter Falk – Bundanoon, NSW
Peter is from Bundanoon and identifies as Wiradjuri/ Nyiampaa from North Western NSW. Peter’s role in his community is to bring the community together. He is an approachable person and is a good negotiator. Peter is proud of approaching the local council and acquiring recognition of the Aboriginal people in the local Shire. Peter’s vision for the future involves being able to bring the local community together instead of it remaining splintered.
Andrew Hynes – Tura Beach, NSW
Andrew is a Pallawa man from the North East Coast of Tasmania and Merimbula and Bega on the South Coast of NSW. Andrew is a St John’s First Aid Trainer at the Sports Trainer level. He is a good person, a good father and loves his family. He is proud of completing a four day mountain-bike race in Tasmania. Andrew would like to see a strong, confident and proud Indigenous Australia.
Nathan Carter – Jerrabomberra, NSW
Nathan was born in Sutherland NSW in 1979. His dad is Aboriginal/ African and his mum is Irish. Nathan grew up in Darwin and the ACT and he identifies as a Gugu Yalangi man. Nathan’s role in the community is to share his skills with others and to gain knowledge and skills. Nathan is proud of working with kids and of his experience in boxing, having met and had dinner with the Mundines, Lionel Rose and Charlie Perkins. Nathan’s vision for the future is to make music and to document current and past issues and stories through music.
Ed Bailey – Queanbeyan, NSW
Ed is from Cairns and the Far North Queensland region. Ed is a Community Project Worker at Barnardo’s in Queanbeyan and is currently responsible for coordinating a project called “Gatherings in the Park”, which is aimed at bringing government and community services together to build stronger awareness on both sides. Ed believes he has a lot to achieve in his life and believes that he will one day be a great influence on his peers and others. Ed hopes to get the most out of life and wants to live life to the fullest. He aspires to achieve everything he aims for and to lead others to do the same.
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Maurice Walker – Narrabundah, ACT
Maurice lives in Canberra and is originally from Woorabinda in Queensland. Maurice’s roles within the community include being the Chair of the NAIDOC Corporation and Chair of the Chief Minister’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Consultative Council. Maurice has two beautiful children and a grandson. He is proud of being a black man living in Canberra. Maurice’s vision for the future includes a united Ngunnawal/Ngambri community.
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Wayne McEwen – Moolap, VIC
Wayne was born in Grafton and a proud member of the Bundjalung Nation. Wayne currently resides in Geelong, Victoria, which is Wathaurong Country. Wayne works in Melbourne as a coordinator of Aboriginal employment and career development. Wayne and his family are active members of the Wathaurong community. He is a member of the Indigenous Golfing Association of Victoria and regularly plays throughout Victoria. Wayne’s achievements include his two kids and making the Australian Aboriginal team in 1990.
Andrew Gardiner – Craigieburn, VIC
Andrew is from Dandenong in Victoria. He is a Wiradjuri man from the Woiwurrung language group of the Kulin Nation. Andrew is the manager of the Dandenong and District Aborigines Cooperative Ltd, and is the Secretary and an Elder on the Wiradjuri Council. Andrew likes to have a good laugh with his wife and family, all of whom inspire him every day. Andrew’s vision is that everyone in his community will have good health and equality in society, and are provided with the opportunities to achieve their dreams.
Colin Hunter – Knoxville, VIC
Colin is a Wurundjeri man whose Country includes the greater Melbourne area and a large part of Victoria. Colin is involved with the Wurundjeri Tribal Council and Muthum Mullum Gathering Place. Colin has three boys and a daughter whom he loves very much and is extremely proud of them. Colin’s vision for the future involves bring the Aboriginal people of Melbourne back into solidarity.
Mark Williams – Coburg, VIC
Mark is a Wiradjuri Budhan who lives in Melbourne. His greatest achievement is his three kids, who inspire Mark to be brilliant. Mark’s vision is for Aboriginal men to take their rightful place back in co-leading and leading our communities through healthy and respectful masculinity!
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Ricky Aaron Graham – Longford, TAS
Ricky is a Pallawa Pakana man from Ringarooma Country, Lutruwita, on the North East Coast of Tasmania. Ricky has recently been dedicating his time to the children in his community by teaching them art in a modern contemporary way. Ricky’s vision for the future is to transform the Tasmania Aboriginal Childcare Association back to the way it was when his Grandmother ran it before she passed away. He also wants to learn his language and make sure the children in his community learn it for the future.
Robbie Lynch – Mararra, NT
Robbie comes from Cherbourg in Queensland. His clan is the Waka Waka people. Robbie also has family ties in the Tiwi Islands. He works in the community as an Indigenous Leadership Consultant and Track & Field Coach. Robbie’s achievements include winning the National 400m champion, Australian Team Representative and AIS Scholarship Holder. Robbie is the father of two boys. His vision for the future is for boys to find recognition and acceptance among Indigenous people in becoming proud, strong Indigenous men.
Ian Woods – Katherine, NT
Ian lives in Katherine, and comes from the Barra/Jawoyn clans. His role in the community is “someone to look up to”. Ian is easy going and a good listener. He is proud of having three beautiful children. His vision for the future is to become Australia’s first Indigenous Prime Minister.
Djayak James Mununggurr – Laynhapuy Homeland, NT
Djayak hails from Garrthalala and his clan is Djapu. Djayak works as a Community Service Worker Supervisor. He is enthusiastic and strives to learn. His vision for the future is to be a strong and fluent English speaker for his community.
Djangal (Robert) Munungirritj – Nhulunbuy, NT
Robert lives in Yirrkala and is from the Gumaty clan. Robert is a hard working man in his community. He focuses on working with young Indigenous people and his vision for the future is to be a good leader for his community.
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Luke Mayo – Leanyer, NT
Luke lives in the Darwin Community. He is a Jawon/ Torres Strait Islander man. Luke works for Australian Red Cross as a Remote Community Development Officer. Luke believes in never giving up and staying positive. His biggest achievement was representing Australia in Rugby Union and completing a degree in Natural Cultural Resource Management, but the greatest achievement of all is having two beautiful boys. His vision for the future is to keep on fighting for Indigenous rights.
Michael Mununggurr – Wandawuy Homeland, NT
Michael lives in Mandawuy. Michael hails from Djapu clan. Michael is a leader in his community. He is a hard worker and strong leader. He is proud of speaking up about education for young people in his community. Michael’s vision is to be safe and to learn more about his culture and stay strong and proud.
Djamiwuy (Wesley) Dhamarrangdji – Nhulunbuy, NT
Wesley lives in Yilpara. Wesley is from the Djambarrpuygu clan of East Arnhem. Wesley works as a Supervisor of Community Development Employment Projects workers and attend meetings in his community. Wesley is friendly, a good father and a great basket-baller. His vision for the future is to be a strong leader for his community.
Aidan Henry – Darwin, NT
Aidan lives in Darwin. Aidan hails from Tiwi Island (Mother) and his father was a Gurindji man. Aidan’s role in the community is as a Senior Case Worker within the Larrakia Nation. Aidan is the proud father of five and married to the woman of his dreams.
James Hanna – Humpty Doo, NT
James hails from the Kija clan, from the Eastern Kimberley region of WA. James works as a Student Recruitment Officer for Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. James also plays the role of Indigenous Chair for the Batchelor Institute and sits on 4 other committees. He has given 100% support to the community and is helping in local community activities such as sports & recreation. His vision for the future is to assist Batchelor Institute in gaining University status and become Australia’s first all-Indigenous tertiary education Institution.
Waturr (Harry) Gumana – Nhulunbuy, NT
Harry lives in Gangan. Harry hails from the Dhalwayu clan in the Northern Territory. Harry is a Council leader and a leader within his community. He is a good leader and good listener. He is proud of his Family and his vision is to be an even better leader.
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James Glenn – Ti Tree, NT
James lives in Ti-Tree near Alice Springs. James hails from the Anmatjere Walipie clan. He is a listener and a leader for his community. James wishes to achieve a lot for the youth of his community. His vision for the future is his family.
Steven Bailey – Alice Springs, NT
Steven was born in Alice Springs, and lives in Idaraniga on Aranda Land. Steven hails from the Arranda/ Alyawarra clans and he is a Traditional Owner. Steven started working at 16 and continued to have many different jobs. He just successfully completed his Carpentry Apprenticeship. His vision for the future is to help others in his community and Indigenous people as a nation to reach the goal of good leadership.
Sebastian Mason – Maningrida, NT
Sebastian lives in Maningrida. He hails from Burarra clan. In his community he is still learning to be a good leader. He is a good listener and easy going. He is proud of his family. Sebastian’s vision for the future is to be a good leader.
Ronald Greenaway – Forrest Lake, QLD
Ronald is an Injinoo man from Hughenden. Ronald is a Boilermaker and is an independent man who is proud of completing his trade certificate and being a leader of his family. Ronald’s vision for the future include the development and implementation of educational programs to better serve the younger generations and to change the adversities we face as Indigenous people.
Matthew Malone – Cherbourg, QLD
Matthew is from Cherbourg and is a Centrelink Officer in his community. Matthew is a good communicator with a positive attitude. He is proud of his good health and permanent employment. Matthew’s vision for the future involves seeing his family come together.
Matthew Nagas – Svensson Heights, QLD
Matthew is a Gurrang man from Bundaberg and Wide Bay. He is an Indigenous Employment Trainee Support Officer in his community. Matthew is community minded and is proud of who he is. His greatest achievements include assisting his wife to help his three children succeed as adults. Matthew’s vision for the future is to keep on learning how to be a better person to his family and community.
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Rob Blackley – Palm Island, QLD
Rob is a Yulna Kalkadoon Kaurareg Birr Gubba man from Palm Island. He coordinates the Indigenous men’s group in his community. Rob is a good speaker and a musician. Rob is proud of his children, and also of becoming a counsellor by the age of 21, a Mayor by 24 and a Ministerial Advisor by the age of 27. Rob’s vision for the future is for a planet that still lives and has people living on it.
Benjamin Mitchell – Cairns, QLD
Benjamin is a Merriam/ Warrwei/ Maluylilgal man from the Torres Strait Islands and Cairns. He is a family leader and the NAIDOC Chair in his community. Benjamin is a family man and a creative person. He is most proud of completing a 1st Class Honours in Business Management, and is now about to commence a PhD with an interest in establishing economic sustainability in the Torres Strait and Cairns.
Jason Johnson – Gladstone, QLD
Jason is a Gurang Gurang man from Gladstone. He is the Chair of the Men’s One Talk Business and is an honest respectful man. Jason is multi-skilled and is always willing to help others. Jason’s vision for the future includes being a good leader for his partner, children, family and his community.
Allan John Locke – Ashgrove, QLD
John is a Yidinji (Mulanburra)/ Western Kuku Yalanji (Koko Minni) man who lives in North West Brisbane. John is a Board Member on the North West Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Association Inc, and the Manager of the Indigenous Engagement Unit of the Environmental Protection Agency. He is a creative thinker and a loyal person. John is proud of having a children’s book published and is preparing new books for release in mid 2008. John’s vision for the future is that Australia will be a place that recognises the critical importance of Indigenous intellect and it’s crucial role in leading change.
Gavin Kum Sing – Kirwan, QLD
Gavin is a Bindal man who comes from Cloncurry and resides in Townsville. In his community Gavin is an up and coming leader. Gavin is a very happy and positive person who is proud of achieving a very good standard of reading and writing. His vision for the future includes being a great leader for his people.
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Nathan Williams – Mount Sheridan, QLD
Nathan is a Guu Guu Yimithirr/ Tag man from Cairns. He works as a public servant in his community and is a good communicator and a good listener. Nathan is proud of graduating University with a Bachelor of Journalism. Nathan’s vision for the future is to continue encouraging young people positively to reach their goals and dreams.
Tolowa Nona – Zillimere, QLD
Tolowa is a Badu Island man from the Torres Strait, currently living in Brisbane. He is the Pastor/ Bishop of a large area in Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, including his community. Tolowa is a humble and tolerant man. He is proud of participating in the leadership program as it helps to assist him to better lead himself before leading others. Tolowa’s vision is to expose the institutionalised mindset and thinking that has been imposed on our people.
Lyndon Reilly – Cairns, QLD
Lyndon is a Badtjala K’gari man from Mackay and Hervey Bay. He is a K’gari leader and works as a research officer for the University of Queensland. Lyndon is a loyal and trustworthy man who is most proud of being a dad and husband. Lyndon’s vision for the future includes being the best at whatever comes his way.
Ron M. Enosa – Torres Strait, QLD
Ron is a Koedal man who lives on Saibai Island in the Torres Strait. Ron is a Quarantine Officer, he Chairs the local Native Title Board, is the Chair of the P&C, a leader, a domestic violence officer and also works with the church. Ron is a role model and cultural advisor. He is proud of studying, his leadership and mentoring skills and of being ready and willing. Ron’s vision for the future involves setting a good foundation as a role model for young people. He would like to see work done with people who are the “grass roots” of the community.
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Bradley Henaway – Heatley, QLD
Bradley is a South Sea Islander and Juru man. In his community Bradley is a mentor, an Elder and a motivator. He is an open person, a family man and a Minister of the church. Bradley is proud of being faithful and loyal to the community he lives in and is also proud of raising certain issues at Men’s groups. Bradley’s vision for the future involves men maturing in becoming good fathers.
Geoff Major – Abergowrie, QLD
Geoff is a Wallu-Warra man from Hughenden. Geoff is a Teacher’s Aide in his community, a father, and a member of the Family Violence Steering Committee. Geoff is a community person and is an honest man. His proudest achievements include bringing up his two girls, being a single dad, and becoming a member of the Steering Committee at the Family Violence and Local Outreach Unit. Geoff’s vision for the future includes helping the young people in the community to complete school, find meaningful employment and become leaders themselves.
Kevin Fogarty – Toowoomba, QLD
Kevin was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Kevin works with Lifeline and Relationships Australia and is based in Toowoomba. In this role he works with Aboriginal men around domestic and family violence. Kevin is proud of the unconditional support he receives from his wife. Without her love and support he would not be able to move towards his achieving his personal goals. Kevin’s hope for the future is that he continues with his personal development so that in time he will “develop into more of a whole person.”
Robert Currie – Ipswich, QLD
Robert is a Mununjali / Pacific Islands man, who was born in Beaudesert, comes from the Bundjalong Nation and also has connections with the Badtjala clan of Hervey Bay. Robert is an advisor and a negotiator in his community and is a punctual and honest person. His greatest success is raising his 2 children by himself. Robert would like to see Native Title won for the people of the Mununjali clan.
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Cygnet Johnny Repu – Mabuyag Island, QLD
Cygnet is a Wagadagam/ Goemu/ Maluyligal/ Urpi Gigu Poeyadh Ras man from Maybuyag Island in the Torres Strait. Cygnet is a Quarantine Inspector and a cultural leader. He is ready and willing, and is proud of being able to teach others in culture and language. He is proud of conducting a course called “Reviving and awakening of Language – Mabuyaagi”. Cygnet’s vision for the future includes cultural awareness for his people.
Justin Doyle – Cairns, QLD
Justin is a Iman/ Bulkamon man from Mackay and Cairns. Justin is the Partnership Coordinator for Far North Queensland’s Regional Health Forum. He is self-motivated and honest. Justin is proud of being able to turn his life around. His vision for the future involves a positive impact and influence on Indigenous affairs.
Bruce McLean – Keperra, QLD
Bruce is a Wirri/ Birri Gubba man from Brisbane and is the Curator of the QLD State Gallery, as well as a dancer and a singer. Bruce is passionate and committed to advancing his self and his mob by any means possible. He is proud of reviving Wirri songs and travelling the world as a dancer. Bruce’s vision for the future includes a place where we can envision our dreams, not just fight for basic human rights.
Ted Billy – Warraber Island, Torres Strait
Ted is a Kulkalgal man from Warraber Island in the Torres Strait. Ted works as a Quarantine Inspector. He is a proud Torres Strait Islander and honoured to be a leader. Ted is proud of having a better understanding of leadership in order to share the knowledge with the younger generations. Ted’s vision for the future involves helping his community and younger generations in becoming leaders.
Shayne Ahboo – Thursday Island, QLD
Shayne is a Kulkalgal/ Maluyligal man from Thursday Island. He is a young leader and manager for the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service. Shayne is continually learning and treats all people how he would like to be treated. He is proud of up-skilling and empowering people within his sphere of influence. Shayne’s vision for the future is for independence and sustainability.
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Charles Passi – Thursday Island, QLD
Charles is from the Davareb clan (Mer Island) and Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Charles is a volunteer on community organisations, boards and groups. He is a committed man with vision and designed the concept of the Torres Strait Healing Service. Charles’ vision for the future includes a greater fight for Indigenous cultural revival.
Peter Bligh – Murgon, QLD
Peter Bligh is a Wakka Wakka man from Cherbourg. Peter’s current role in the area is Aboriginal Liaison Officer for the Emergency Services. He is married with three children – one son and two daughters – whom he will always encourage and support to reach their goals. Peter’s vision for the future is to increase education and awareness for youth and guarantee employment for the community as a whole.
Derek Kinchela – Riverview, QLD
Derek is a Gammilaroi man who lives in Ipswich. Derek is an Indigenous Community Development Officer for Ipswich City Council and is proud to be a dad and a loyal community member. Derek is proud of his seven children, all of whom will have completed senior high school by the end of 2008. Derek’s vision for the future is a united Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Rodney Willie – Abergowrie, QLD
Rodney lives in Bamaga and often assists with projects that are run within his community. He is a good Indigenous role model and is keen to assist others to succeed in all facets of life. Rodney has achieved many program initiatives within Indigenous communities. His vision for the future is to assist others with the progressive follow up to “sovereignty”, to continue to assist the community to achieve education outcomes that will improve the well being of self and whole communities.
Kenneth Eggmolesse – Wishart, QLD
Kenneth is a Gurang Gurang man from Bundaberg. As a member of his community he is confident and reliable. Kenneth is proud of being married for 23 years and having raised six children. Kenneth’s vision is to promote equality for his children and grandchildren, and to assist his community in all aspects of life.
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Toby Adams – Little Mountain, QLD
Toby is a Kullalli man living on the Sunshine Coast. He currently works as an Indigenous Employment and Training Support Officer and has been involved with the National Youth Roundtable and the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Group. Toby is passionate and committed to improving the lives of Indigenous people and in particular youth. Toby’s vision for the future is that Indigenous people will have the recognition and the rights they deserve and are owed.
Harry Cook – Thursday Island, QLD
Harry is an Erubamle/ Madieur man from Horn Island in the Torres Strait. Harry is the Lay Leader in his community, and is a committed and determined person. Harry is proud of establishing his own business and his ability to coordinate community events. Harry’s vision for the future is to become an entrepreneur and live past the age of 80 with his family close by.
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Frank Parkes (Gojuk) - Broome, WA
Frank lives in Broome Western Australia. Frank was born in Port Augusta South Australia. His mother is a member of the Stolen Generation from New South Wales and his clan is the Wiradjui. Frank works in Broome for the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation as a Link-Up worker, and says that it is great work finding families for other people affected by the Government’s past policies. Tyson’s vision for the future is to see acknowledgement of the Stolen Generations by Australia.
Rene Reddingius - Redcliffe, WA
Rene lives in Leonara in the Goldfields and Perth. Rene’s clan is Tyupan, he is a young leader in his community and a Policy Officer in the Department of Health. He wants to be a good father to his son. His achievements involve raising his son to be respectful and caring with a strong identity. Rene’s vision is to see a unified Aboriginal Australia in which each individual plays their role in the advancement of our people and shows the way for Australia towards reconciliation and recognition of Aboriginal sovereignty.
Andrew Dowding – Roeburn, WA
Andrew lives in Roebourne North West, Western Australia, his clan is the Ngarluma who are a seaside clan. Samuel works as a Cultural Research Officer for the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation. He has collected his Elders’ oral histories, capturing his culture on audio and within visual formats, for the future to hold onto and protect. His biggest achievement was to complete his tertiary degree and to continue on to a Masters.
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Alan Calyun – Port Augusta, SA
Alan lives in Port Augusta and is from Yuad Country in the Moora region of WA. He is a member of MIB (Males in Black Inc,) provides support and advice to the community and mentors youth. Alan is the father of three children and has two grandchildren. He is a community person. Alan is proud of playing Aussie Rules and of Chairing the WA Native Title Conference in Perth. Alan’s vision for the future is to see his children and grandchildren grow up strong and aware of their family history. He also sees a need for Aboriginal Male Resource centres and Safe Houses throughout Australia.
Malcolm Champion – Port Augusta, SA
Malcolm is a Gubrun man from Kalgoorlie who now lives in Port Augusta. He is an active community member and an advisory consultant. Malcolm is a proud family man and loves lawn bowls. He is most proud of establishing a homeland community (Tia Tuckia). Malcolm’s vision for the future is to see restorative justice for all Indigenous people.
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James Cripps – Port Augusta, SA
James is a Palawa/Kaurna/Narrendri/Maori man who hails from Flinders Island and Cape Barren, and is now living in South Australia. James is the Manager of the Indigenous Unit of the Red Cross. He is a strategic planner, a leader and a role model. James is proud of achieving a position of governance in his community and workplace. His vision for the future is to create better healthier communities through training, employment and career pathways.
Michael Harris – Berri, SA
Michael is a Pitjantjatjara Narrugga man who lives in the Riverland, SA. Michael’s role in his community is as Coordinator of youth services and he is also a board member for Indigenous community organisations. He is committed to the advancement of Indigenous affairs. Michael is proud of being a member of the State/Commonwealth Welfare Administrators’ Working Party which affected legislative changes regarding the adoption and fostering of Aboriginal children. He is also proud of being an Australian and International performing artist. Michael would like to see real equality.
Con Miller – Ceduna, SA
Con is a Wirangu man from the Scotdesco Homeland, and is living in Ceduna. Con is an active role model and advisor. He enjoys being a positive leader in the community and within his family. Con is proud that he can make his workplace a better environment for his community members to come and speak with his colleagues. Con’s vision is to make his community a better place for the next generation.
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Mark Reynolds – Bamera, SA
Mark is a Barkinji/ Warradjeri man from the Riverlands of South Australia. He is the Chair of his local community organisation and is a committed and tolerant person. Mark is proud of operating and maintaining the local community organisation without funding. His vision for the future is to expand the operations of the organisation.
Raymond Wanganeen – Point Pearce, SA
Raymond is a Narungga man from Point Pearce. He is the Resident Chair of the community council. Raymond is an honest and trustworthy person. He is proud of achieving a Certificate in Administration and a Certificate in Aged Care. Since elected Chairperson of Point Pierce Aboriginal Corporation, it has been his hope to ensure that the community restablish itself and not go into liquidation by setting up new policies and procedures for the community.