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Phillip Hall

Chair, Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation

CEO, Bowraville Local Aboriginal Land Council  

A descendant of the Gumilaroi/Euahlayi nation, Phillip has been actively involved in Aboriginal Affairs since 1967, as secretary of the democratically elected indigenous body; The National Aboriginal Consultative Committee (NACC) and adviser to the late Charles N Perkins and the late Dr H C Coombs. Phillip has been exhibiting at and working with Rainbow Serpent since its opening in 1991.

 Guy Jones - CEO, Bunyah Local Aboriginal Land Council

Guy Jones

Deputy Chair, Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation

CEO, Bunyah Local Aboriginal Land Council

Guy is a Birpai man from New South Wales. He currently resides in Port Macquarie with his wife Megan and three children, Indiana, Meadow and Harrison.

Prior to his current incarnation, he was located on the Queensland Gold Coast where he worked in the local Murri Community, being part of the reforms to the Parliamentary process through the ‘Hands on Parliament’ program. He was also an advisor to a number of State members of Parliament on Aboriginal issues. His main role was as the designer of a Prevention Diversion Rehabilitation and Education program, which was aimed at the reduction of youth incarceration, recidivism and self harm.

Michele Donovan - CEO, Unkya Local Aboriginal Land Council

Michele Donovan

CEO, Unkya Local Aboriginal Land Council

Michele is a Gumbaynggirr (Nambucca Heads) woman. She has previous experience as a community worker, teaching with TAFE CHEC and working with the Nambucca Shire Council.

Michele enjoys being involved at the grassroots level in assisting with community capacity building, employment opportunities and being a positive role model for her community. She has pride in her Gumbaynggirr culture and heritage and is very proud of the achievements within her community and for herself personally. She also loves being a member of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance.

Richard Campbell

CEO, Thungutti Local Aboriginal Land Council

Richard is a proud Dunghutti/Yuin man and has been involved with Thungutti Local Aboriginal Land Council for a number of years now.

Richard is a Social Entrepreneur who specialises in Niche Marketing and will bring many skills to our board at Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance.

In his spare time Richard is an avid Beekeeper and has strong family values. Richard rates his kids as his greatest motivators.

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David Carroll

CEO, Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council

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Glen Rennie - CEO, Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council

Glen Rennie

CEO, Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council

Glen is a proud Kamilaroi man having been bought up in Coonabarabran NSW. He moved to the Mid North Coast in the early 80s whilst still returning home annually. He returned to education as an adult and completed an Associate Diploma of Social Sciences at Port Macquarie and from there began employment in Government agencies. In 1998 he accepted a management position within Biripi Aboriginal Centre running a State wide service to assist Aboriginal youth transition out of State care to independence. Marungbai grew to four offices across NSW and auspiced both State and Federal programs.

In 2008 Glen accepted a redundancy from Biripi and commenced employment with Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council as the CEO. Since then, Glen has recommenced schooling and is currently studying a BA majoring in Political Science and Sociology with UNE. Since accepting the role of CEO Glen has sat on the Directorship of the Saltwater Freshwater Alliance.

Jo-anne Kelly - CEO, Kempsey Local Aboriginal Land Council

Jo-Anne Kelly

CEO, Kempsey Local Aboriginal Land Council

Jo-Anne Kelly is a descendant of the Dunghutti people and a single mum of two children.  She has extensive experience working across education, training, health and governance. She has working throughout NSW in a range of fields that has given her an insight in the regional and remote NSW.

Jo-Anne is a qualified primary teacher who also has a Diploma in Project Management and Master of Arts in Indigenous Social Policy.

Jo-Anne has been an Executive member of Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service for nearly three years.

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Jodie Lawler

CEO, Purfleet Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council

Joedie is a proud descendant of the Biripi, the Shark people from the family of Wahtu (Possum) and a proud mother of three sons.

Joedie has worked across all areas of government for the past 20 years. She has managed large federally funded projects involving multiple agencies and partnered in developing tools to assist Aboriginal communities to prioritise cultural values without compromising our traditional knowledge.

Through her various positions, Joedie has advocated for equality, recognition and has assisted community in the planning and development of Aboriginal enterprises.

Outside her work time Joedie teachers traditional weaving through her business Ngarra Consultancy and is a contemporary Aboriginal Artist and advocates strongly for opportunities for up and coming Artists.


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Jay Currie

CEO, Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council

A traditionally initiated and proud Worimi man, Jay is father to six children and currently CEO of the Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council. After leaving school 17 years ago, Jay commenced work with the Land Council doing maintenance work and has been working towards the CEO position ever since as his dream job.

Jay is continuing to engage in cultural aspirations and one of his main goals is to provide a vehicle that will enable Elders to pass on traditional cultural knowledge to the Foster Aboriginal community’s children and to encourage them to become future community leaders. Foster LALC’s membership of SWFWAA will allow for these activities to be realised by engaging Foster Aboriginal community members to participate in traditional Cultural programmes.



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Fiona Manton

CEO, Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council

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