Local & Regional Co-design Group

The Local & Regional Co-design Group is looking at how Indigenous Australians in local communities and regions can come together so their voices are heard. This includes greater input into local and regional decision-making in partnership with governments.

The Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, announced the establishment of the Local & Regional Co-design Group on 4 March 2020.

Co-chaired by Professor Peter Buckskin PSM and Letitia Hope, the group is guided by a Terms of Reference - PDF 138 KB and met for the first time in Sydney in March 2020.

Local & Regional Co-design Group members

Professor Peter Buckskin PSM
Co-chair

Professor Peter Buckskin PSM FACE is a Narungga man from the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. He is a member of the Lowitja Institute Board of Directors and former Dean of Aboriginal Engagement and Strategic Projects at the University of South Australia. Co-Convenor of the State's Advisory Committee on the recognition of Aboriginal people in the South Australian Constitution Act 1934, he has more than 30 years’ experience as an educator and public servant and received a Commonwealth Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service in the provision of educational equality for Australia's Indigenous peoples in 2001.

Ms Letitia Hope
NIAA co-chair

Ms Letitia Hope is the Deputy CEO for Operations and Delivery at the National Indigenous Australians Agency. A proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander with kin ties to the Torres Strait Island of Mer (Murray Island) and Bundjalung country (northern coast New South Wales), Ms Hope has had a varied career working across Commonwealth and state governments in both mainstream and specialised social policy development, human service delivery and health and community services program development.

Ms Isabelle Adams

Ms Isabelle Adams is Gurindji (Northern Territory) and Wuthuti (Cape York, Qld) and lives in Western Australia. Ms Adams is the joint-coordinator for the Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit (KARDU) in the Telethon Kids institute. Ms Adams has more than 20 years’ experience in the education and training industry and 15 years in the business sector as a consultant, researcher and trainer in a range of areas in Indigenous Affairs. She was awarded a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow for Services to the Community and has held membership on a number of State and National bodies.

Cr Ross Andrews

Cr Ross Andrews is a Yarrabah man with cultural ties to both Djungan and Yalanji nations in Far North Queensland. The current Mayor of Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council sits on the Far North Queensland Regional Organisations of Council, is a Commissioner for Declarations; director of the Wugu Nyambil Board; member of Advance Queensland Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Business Innovation Reference Group and Chair of the Yarrabah Leaders Forum.

Ms Ruth Davys

Ms Ruth Davys is Chair of the Riverina Murray Regional Alliance (RMRA). RMRA aims to ensure each local Aboriginal community has a genuine voice in determining how and what services are delivered in their communities and increase the capacity of each community to make decisions about their future. Ms Davys is the Co-founder and CEO, Marketing and Product Developer of Giilangyaldhaanygalang, an entirely Aboriginal-owned business partnership specialising in Wiradjuri language education services.

Ms Triscilla Holborow

Ms Triscilla Holborow is a Traditional Owner from the Yaburara and Yindjibarndi tribes. Ms Holborow is passionate about helping Aboriginal people obtain meaningful and long-term employment, engaging and upskilling communities for a better future, she co-founded Real Employment for Aboriginal People in 2010 and has won several awards relating to Aboriginal employment. Ms Holborow has more than 25 years’ experience working in the mining and oil and gas sectors.

Mr Paul House

Mr Paul House is a Ngambri-Ngunnawal custodian with multiple local Aboriginal ancestries from the Canberra region, however identifies as a descendant of Ngambri – Walgulu man Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams and Ngunnawal – Wallaballoa man ‘Murjinille’ aka William Lane (‘Billy the Bull’), including Wiradjuri ancestries. Mr House began his public service career in the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs, and has since occupied various positions across both New South Wales and Commonwealth public sector agencies.

Mr Chris Ingrey

Mr Chris Ingrey is of Dhungutti and Dharawal descent and is from the La Perouse Aboriginal community in Sydney. He is currently the CEO of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council, a Director of the Inner Sydney Empowered Communities and Eastern Zone Gujaga Aboriginal Corporation and was a previous Director of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council and has led significant reforms to the governance and economic development of the La Perouse Aboriginal community.

Ms Fiona Jose

Ms Fiona Jose is the CEO of Cape York Partnership, an Indigenous organisation driving a comprehensive reform agenda improving the lives of Indigenous families in the Cape York region. She joined Cape York Partnership in 2010 where she held senior management positions following more than 15 years of experience in management, business development, and government relations in aviation and education. She is one of eight First Nations leaders driving structural change through the national Empowered Communities initiative.

Cr Getano Lui Jr AM

Cr Getano Lui Jr AM is a serving Councillor on the Torres Strait Islands Regional Council (TSIRC) (State) and Deputy Chair and Member for Iama (Yam Island) on the Board of the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TRSA). He has been Chair of the Yam Island Community Council, Islanders Board of Industry and Service, Island Coordination Council and inaugural Chair of TSRA. He has been a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) since 1994, for his service to the Torres Strait Region.

Mr Albert McNamara

Mr Albert McNamara is an Aboriginal elder with family connections to Yamatji, Martu and Noongar Country. A qualified wood machinist, it is the work that Mr McNamara did in state education in Western Australia, working in policy for more than a decade, which he is most known. Mr McNamara is on the Aboriginal Elder Advisory Group of Richmond Wellbeing and provides advice to City of Armadale, City of Perth, and City of Fremantle. He is involved with the Looking Forward project with Dr Michael Wright and was awarded the 2008 NAIDOC Aboriginal Male Elder.

Mr Wayne Miller

Mr Wayne Miller of the Wirangu people is the CEO of the Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation. Passionate about employment, education and economic development for Aboriginal people, he is a Member of the Housing South Australia Aboriginal Advisory Council and former member of the South Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council and South Australian Corrections 10 by 20 Strategy Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

Ms Karen Milward

Ms Karen Milward is a Yorta Yorta woman who was born and raised in Melbourne and is a strong advocate for developing culturally appropriate solutions to the issues confronting Indigenous people, which empower individuals and communities so they can confidently and effectively move forward. Karen has owned and operated Karen Milward Consulting Services since 2004. Chairperson of Community First Development, Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria Ltd and Director, Yarra Valley Water. Karen has extensive experience in delivering tailored training programs, leadership development, evaluations and social research, project management, feasibility studies and community development.

Ms Lavene Ngatokorua

Ms Lavene Ngatokorua is a Wankangurru/Adnyamathanha woman and mother to Dre. Lavene is a courageous leader who is recognised for her lifelong advocacy on behalf of community. As an artist and curator Lavene has established a contemporary practice focused on exploring and expressing her cultural connections and strong humanitarian beliefs.

Ms Vicki O’Donnell

Ms Vicki O’Donnell is a Nyikina Mangala Aboriginal woman from Derby and Chair for the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia. She was appointed to the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council tasked with playing a key role in state priorities including the development of an Aboriginal empowerment strategy, Closing the Gap, Aboriginal youth suicide and reduced incarceration of Aboriginal people in custody.

Dr Aden Ridgeway

Dr Aden Ridgeway was the Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats and served as a Senator for New South Wales from 1999. Dr Ridgeway is a Gumbayynggir man and was the Regional Councillor for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission's Sydney region and Executive Director of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council before he was elected to the Australian Senate.

Ms Marion Scrymgour

Ms Marion Scrymgour is the CEO of the Northern Land Council, the first woman to hold the CEO position at any Northern Territory land council. A former CEO of the Tiwi Islands Regional Council, the Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service and Katherine West Aboriginal Health Board, she became the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly in 2001, representing the electorate of Arafura until 2012.

Ms Kerry Sculthorpe

Ms Kerry Sculthorpe has tertiary qualifications in social work and public policy and expertise in research ethics. She is a former chair of the AIATSIS Research Ethics Committee and was a manager of ATSIC in Tasmania from 1990. From 1996 until 2002 she was a member of the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service. Kerry has participated in national fora on Indigenous education, health, land rights and legislation, and published a number of reports on Aboriginal issues. This includes her involvement in the Strategic Plan of Aboriginal Engagement Steering Committee at the University of Tasmania.