AWNRM board members

THE Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resources Management (AWNRM) Board have recently welcome two new members into their ranks,both of whom are bringing with them “a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the region and its people” according to the AWNRM.

Peter Miller –the first new board member –has been involved in community affairs for the last 30 years in and around Ceduna. He has been Chairperson of a number of key organisations in the region including Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation (CAC), and Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service (CKAHS) and five years as executive chairperson for the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia.

“Mr Miller’s experienced in strategic business planning, corporate governance and finance management, together with his broad understanding of local and state issues is highly relevant to the continued success engagement and delivery of on-ground works,” said AWNRM presiding board member Parry Agius.

The second new board member Kirsty Richards has lived in and around the Yalata community for many years andis “well versed in Aboriginal Lore”.“With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Indigenous Community Management and Development, and a wealth of experience working in remote Aboriginal communities in both South Australia and the Northern Territory, she is undoubtedly qualified to make a valuable contribution to the Board’s future endeavours,” said Mr Agius.

The board also has two retiring membersBrian Queama and RoseLester who have provided many years of service and contributed to the strategic development of the board’s policies and plans.

“Brian’s close relationship with the people of Oak Valley and Yalata Communities and his activeparticipation in on-ground works contributed strongly to the Board’s successful engagement,training and works delivery with local community members” Mr Agius said.“As a Yankunytjatjara woman, Rose showed a strong commitment to land and waterconservation, as well as cultural heritage.”

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