Projects

CONSULTANCY PROJECTS

 Charles Darwin University (School of Environmental Research)

~ 2009: Review of Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK) Project 1.2 Capacity building tools for
   effective planning and decision-making in Indigenous context.

~ 2009: Social Impact Assessment of the Mt Gibson Iron mine on Dambimangari people and country,
   Kimberekly, Western Australia.

Terrain Natural Resource Management (Wet Tropics, Queensland) 

~ 2009: Development of Caring for our Country submission to support Traditional Owner knowkedge
   recoding and management of the Wet Tropics region (consultancy undertaken jointly with Melissa
   George and Ellie Bock)

~ 2008: Review of Terrain NRM's Traditional Owner Advisory Group (TOAC)

Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts: 1995 - 2008

~ 2008: Seek and report on Indigenous people's views for input into the revised National Strategy on the Conservation of Australia's Biodiversity.

~ 2007: Facilitated a national workshop on the recognition of Indigenous peoples' rights and interests in the revised National Strategy on the Conservation of Australia's Biodiversity.

~ 2007: Facilitated a national workshop on the development of a new funding program
   (Working On Country) to support the employment of Indigenous people on land and sea
   environmental management.

~ 2004: Prepared six case studies of Indigenous engagement in Natural Resource
   Management in eastern Australia, under the direction of an Indigenous Scooping Group.

~ 1998: Facilitating national workshop on the application of provisions of the Biodiversity
   Convention in relation to Indigenous peoples' rights and interests in Australia.

~ 1998: Development and delivery of cross cultural awareness workshops for Marine
   Branch staff.

~ 1997: Researching and writing issues paper on Indigenous peoples rights and interests in
   marine management for Australia's Ocean Policy.

~ 1995: Development of a proposal to establish "Indigenous Protected Areas" on Aboriginal
   land throughout Australia as part of a national program to achieve representation of all
   Australian bioregions in a national reserve system. The consultancy involved
   consultations with Indigenous organisations and conservation agencies in all states and
   territories and preparation of a major report. As a result of this work, Indigenous
   Protected Areas have been established in each jurisdiction and collectively represent
   20% of the total protected area estate in Australia.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS):

~ 2008: Co-editing an e-book for AIATSIS on Indigenous Governance and Management of
   Protected Areas, based on proceedings from the 2007 AIATSIS Conference.

~ 2007: Convened a one-day session on "Indigenous Governance and Management of
   Protected Areas" at the AIATSIS biannual Conference in Canberra.

~ 2006 & 2007: Undertook case studies on Indigenous participation in the governance and
   management of protected areas: Booderee National Park (Jervis Bay Territory) and
   Dhimurru Indigenous Protected Areas (Northern Territory).

National Oceans Office (Australian Government): 2001 to 2007

~ Development of pilot Sea Country Plans in collaboration with Aboriginal communities in
   southwest Victoria, eastern South Australia and the southern Gulf of Carpentaria.

~ Provision of advice on engagement with Indigenous communities in the development of
   the Northern Regional Marine Plan (Gulf of Carpentaria, Torres Strait, Arafura Sea and
   western Cape
York Peninsula).

~ Preparation of literature reviews on Aboriginal interests in marine environments of south-
   eastern Australia, north Australia and north-west Australia as part of the development of
   Bioregional Marine Plans for those regions.

~ Preparation and delivery of a cross-cultural training workshop, Understanding Sea
   Country, for the staff of the National Oceans Office, Hobart.

North Australia Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA):

~ 2007: Organised and facilitated the Yanyuwa Sea Country Plan Implementation
   Workshop 15/16 November in Darwin.

~ 2005- 2006: Research for and preparation of a literature review of biological values,
   cultural values and management of dugongs and marine turtles.

Carpentaria Land Council: 2004 to 2006

~ Developed a Regional Activities Plan for the NAILSMA Dugong and Marine Turtle
   management project in consultation with Traditional Owners of the Wellesley Islands
   region of the Gulf of Carpentaria;

~ Facilitated the production and implementation of the Thurwathu/Bujimulla Sea Country
   Plan for the Wellesley Islands region of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Northern Land Council: 2003 & 1995-1997

~ Preparation of a report on Aboriginal interests in marine environments of northern
   Australia
, as part of the development of a Regional Marine Plan for the Northern Planning
   Area by the National Oceans Office.

~ Development of a Plan of Management for the Cobourg Marine Park, north-west
   Arnhemland, the first marine park to be jointly managed by Aboriginal people and a
   government conservation agency.

World Wildlife Fund: 2007-2008

~ Undertook an audit of Indigenous engagement in WWF-Australia in consultation with
   Indigenous organisations in northern Australia and staff of WWF offices in Perth, Darwin,
   Brisbane
and Sydney, and currently assisting WWF with implementation of the audit.

Wet Tropics Management Agency: 1991 - 2007

~ Provided advice to the Agency re the development of strategies, consultative programs
   and administrative arrangements for the involvement of Aboriginal people in the
   management of the Queensland Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

~ Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of WTMA 1997 - 2001.

~ Development and delivery of cross cultural awareness workshops for WTMA staff.

~ Facilitated staff workshop to develop a Strategic Plan for WTMA (Oct. 2007)

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority: several periods 1988-2001

~ In six consultancies, undertook field research, wrote reports and assessed management
   implications in respect of Aboriginal maritime culture and sites in the Cairns and Far
   Northern Sections of the Marine Park and provided advice on facilitating Aboriginal
   involvement in marine resource management and in the recently completed
  
representative Areas Program.

Queensland Fisheries Management Authority 1998-1999

~ Developing an Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy for Queensland, through facilitating regional
   workshops of coastal Aboriginal groups and representatives of recreational, commercial
   and fisheries management organisations.

Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre: 1998-2003

~ Researcher in Programs 1 and 7 on projects relating to the involvement of Aboriginal
   people in research and management within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area,
   including the development of cultural indicators and collaboration between researchers
   and Traditional Owners.

Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet: 1998 - 2001

~ Member of the Cape York Property Planning Technical Group, assisting with the
   implementation of the Cape York NHT Plan - appointed by Federal and Queensland
   Ministers for Environment.

Queensland Department of Environment: 1995-1998

~ Development of cross cultural awareness training programs for Departmental field and
   office staff in the far northern region, from Innisfail to Cape York.

Resource Assessment Commission: 1992 & 1993

~ Documenting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interests in Australia's coastal zone,
   as part of the Resource Assessment Commission's Coastal Zone Inquiry. Consulted with
   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in coastal Queensland (including Torres
   Strait), Northern Territory, Western Australian, New South Wales and Tasmania.

World Conservation Union (IUCN): 1992 - 2007

~ Delivered paper and facilitated workshops at the 4th IUCN World Congress on National
   Parks and Protected Areas, held in Caracas, Venezuela from 10 - 21 February 1992) as
   an IUCN consultant in Indigenous peoples' involvement in national and marine park
   management.

~ Delivered paper and facilitated workshops at the 5th World Parks Congress, held in
   Durban South Africa from 7-18 September 2003, as a member of the IUCN Theme on
   Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities and Equity in Protected Areas.

~ Convener of indigenous participation in the first International Marine Protected Area
   Congress (IMPAC1) held in Geelong, Victoria in 2005.

James Cook University: From 1993 to 2005

~ Delivery of undergraduate and masters level subjects "Caring For Country" - Recognition
   of Indigenous Peoples' Interests in Environmental Management (EV3202 and EV5202) in
   School
of Tropical Environment Studies
and Geography;

~ Supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students in the School of Tropical Environment
   Studies
and Geography;

~ Examination of Honours, Masters and PhD students in the School of Tropical Environment
   Studies
and Geography;

~ Part of a consultancy team led by Dr Alastair Birtles (JCU School of Business) that
   developed a Code of practice for the Sustainable Management of Dugong and Marine
   Turtle Tourism in Australia (2004-2005);

~ Development of a proposed degree program in Indigenous Environmental Management
   (1996).

Northern Territory University: 2001-2006

~ Part of a consultancy team developing a Feral Animal Management Strategy for Kakadu
   National Park
, in collaboration with Aboriginal Traditional Owners, Park management,
   neighbouring land-holders and other agencies.

Australian National University: 1994-1996

~ Guest lectures on the recognition of Indigenous rights and interests in an Environmental
   Policy and Planning course, Department of Geography

USA School for Field Studies (north Queensland campus): - 1999 - 2006

~ Guest lectures on Indigenous peoples' rights and interests in environmental management
   to visiting American environmental studies students.

Cairns College of TAFE: 1987-93

~ Planning and implementation of the Aboriginal Community Ranger Training Program,
   involving 15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in far north Queensland.
   The Program comprises nationally accredited Certificate, Advanced Certificate and
   Associate Diploma courses in natural and cultural resource management.

 



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