I was born in Bunbury WA, at the time a small regional city. I was raised by a single mother and a very large extended Nyungar family with strong ties to culture and Country in the area. Those early days of learning from my Mum, Nyungar Aunties and Uncles instilled my strong cultural identity and placed me on a path of success, both personally and professionally.
I am a well-respected Nyungar man and have a great rapport with my people. The majority of my working and personal life has centered around bridging the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
I specialise in the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and Natural Resource Management (NRM) sectors. I have expertise in mediating between wide ranges of potentially conflicting interests, identifying innovative management solutions and providing tailored organisational support and training. I have significant knowledge and experience in cultural heritage protection and management, Aboriginal heritage policy and legislation, program/project management and stakeholder engagement and consultation.
Over the course of my career, I have worked for State and Federal Government, the not-for-profit sector and private sector. As a result, I have extensive agency, corporate and community networks, both within WA and across Australia.
I have secured significant resources for multi-million dollar NRM investment programs, and provided strategic direction and leadership in the establishment of integrated environment and cultural heritage management plans. This work has led the way in ensuring Nyungar land management perspectives and contemporary land management practices are equally valued and applied on-ground in environmental management, to protect our natural and cultural values.