NRAA Committee (2017 - 2018)
Mark Davies - Northern Regional Forum, NSWALC
Mark Davies is a proud Dunghutti man who was born and raised in Walcha where he now works as the CEO of Amaroo Local Aboriginal Land Council, a role he has held for the last 4 years.
After successfully running their own business in Taree from 2008 to 2011, Mark and his wife moved their family back home and since then, Mark has strived to bring positive changes for the mob.
Mark believes that we, as Aboriginal people, should have a connection with our Culture and has strived to empower his community to be at the forefront of the learning and teaching of Language and taking our kids back out on Country.
He currently sits on several committees as a Director and holds the Deputy Chairperson seat on the NCARA committee and is always championing the voice and importance of our grassroots people and how vital fair service delivery is to all Aboriginal communities, including the small towns.
Mark is a firm believer in the power of LDM and the strength of the voice of our people, especially our youth.
Helen duroux - Land & Cultural Heritage
My name is Helen Duroux. I am a proud Kamilaroi Aboriginal Elder from Tenterfield and was born and raised here, and I love Tenterfield and our thriving, caring and committed little community.
I am currently the CEO of Moombahlene Local Aboriginal Lands Council, which is a business funded through the New South Wales Aboriginal Lands Council. We are a not for profit organisation that deals with all Aboriginal cultural matters that affect our local community and regions on a day to day basis. I have been in this role for almost eight years, and am pleased with the progress Moombahlene has seen since I became CEO.
I am also the Deputy Chairperson of the Northern Region Aboriginal Alliance, which is an elected advisory committee to government in the Northern Region of NSW. NRAA consults with executive directors of departments as well as government officials, covering issues such as housing, health, justice, economic development and education, to implement effective changes to their policies and procedures that impact on people in our Aboriginal communities. Our mission is to co-design policies that work and to have far reaching outcomes for our people and communities in the near future.
I have been elected Deputy Chairperson of the Aboriginal Reference Advisory Group, which is an Aboriginal arm of Local Land Services. We meet bi monthly in different communities representing 14 Land Councils in our region to look at strategies to advance our communities and to also exchange ideas on what other communities are undertaking and succeeding on in their community. Last year we held workshops to teach our communities, and the Fire Services, about the benefits of Traditional cool fire burning which was an amazing experience for me, and which I am working on with the LLS to initiate some Traditional fire burning here.
I am on the Aboriginal Community Reference group for TAFE NSW which operates out of Dubbo to investigate suitable courses and actions for Aboriginal Tafe students in our region.
Previously I have been employed at Tenterfield High School as an Indigenous Support worker.
I have also had experience employed in primary and High Schools around the Redcliiffe and Scarborough area outside Brisbane, as well as schools in Toowoomba prior to Redcliffe. I was also employed with a Catholic job network in Chermside, sourcing clients to undertake Training and employment programs and setting them up for employment with not for profit organisations on the North side of Brisbane.
My area of interest is education because I believe Education is the key to success, and my life has been dedicated to enabling my community, and strengthening their cultural capabilities.
Julie Perkins - Social Justice
Julie Perkins is a Gumbaynggirr woman born in Grafton and raised at Corindi Beach. Julie had nine siblings and re-counts her early childhood as a blessing albeit her family were from a base of absolute poverty. Julie is the Social Justice representative on NRAA.
Despite disagreement, Julie was removed from school after Yr 10 and sent to an Aboriginal hostel in QLD by staff of the Canberra education office to learn secretarial skills and attend deportment classes.
Returning after a year, Julie sought out private sector casual jobs with Woolworths being a first employer.
Julie was then accepted to the Commonwealth Public Service , moving though the ranks quickly to Manager and was fortunate to win a public sector scholarship.
Julie worked in Aboriginal Education and Training whilst completing an Associate Degree in Legal Studies and a Degree of Law at Southern Cross University - a passion of Julie's since youth.
Following public sector redundancy, Julie has worked as Regional Manager of the Aboriginal Legal Service Northern NSW for the area of New England , Northern / Mid Coast NSW. Julie also sits on various not for profit committees and advisory groups.
Apart from providing excellent educational opportunities for her two children; Julie is a passionate supporter of improving justice for community, empowering women, protecting and nurturing our children and contributing to ensure our communities are economically sound.
DEBBIE Steadman - Housing
Debbie Steadman is the Chairperson of Min Min Aboriginal Corporation. She is a very proud Aboringal woman who believes that everyone has the right to be able to live affordable, clean and safe housing.
As the Housing representative for NRAA she is excited to be able to advocate to importance of better housing outcomes in regional areas including lifting the aspirations and capacity of our people around home ownership. Debbie is a grandmother of three beautiful children and in the future she would like to believe they will have the right to be able to live in and own a nice home.
DEBBIE green - Health
I am a proud Anaiwan Woman, born & bred in Armidale and lived here all my life.
Have worked in various positions over the years including Medicare Australia as an MLO.
I joined Armajun Armidale Aboriginal Health Service in 2016 as Program Manager. I am part of a team of people who share the same passion in Aboriginal Health and will continue to work towards providing better health outcomes and opportunities for our people.
jaydyn potter - Northern Regional Forum, NSWALC
My name is Jaydyn Potter. Currently I am employed as CEO of Glen Innes LALC. I started at the LALC at the age of 18, 7 years ago, fresh out of school.
I was employed as a Ranger - in this time, I did many sites courses and gained a Diploma in sites archaeology and Aboriginal history.
I then went into an admin position and IPA Coordinator for the LALC. After three years in that position I was selected to be the acting CEO in August of 2018.
I love my Culture and community and the environment where I work.