First Nations Ambassadors and Leadership Team
24th February, 2020
On behalf of the Chairman and the Board of the Australian Biome Project we are excited to announce
our First Nations Ambassadors and Leadership team.
The W.A Ambassadors are:
Dr Robert Isaacs AM OAM JP PHD (Hon), Rodney Garlett, Ambassador and Australian Biome Board Member, Helen Slater, Michael Little, Ralph Mogridge and Bart Pigram.
Each Ambassador brings a wealth of experience, wisdom and passion to the project. Their combined knowledge and experience includes, culture, the arts, environmental management, traditional health and healing, First Nations enterprise development and entrepreneurship, effective community, government and stakeholder engagement and eco cultural tourism.
Most importantly, they bring the strength and power that comes from their ancient culture and connection to Boodja (Mother Earth) from Whadjuk country and beyond.
They bring a passion to create and share a New Dreaming for all Australians, whether they be First Nations or recent arrivals from different lands who call Western Australia home.
Rodney Garlett said he was looking forward to working with the team to showcase the project to the rest of Australia and the world. “Our traditional culture and history is strong and the Australian Biome Project will showcase and demonstrate this in many forms. We are proud Noongar people who are well connected to country and I a looking forward to seeing our people interact and help design, build and construct this facility.”
Helen Slater stated “I'm so excited to be part of this project to showcase our beautiful boodja and culture to the world. I will take on the role with an enormous sense of pride in who I am and my connection to this country. It is something that my children, grandchildren and future generations will have an opportunity to be a part of and proud of. Our huge state is so diverse culturally, geographically and environmentally it is going to take a massive project to package all we have to offer the world. I am very happy that the tourism journey will begin on Whadjuk Boodja as the stage to showcase our huge state, our diverse culture and all it has to offer. The opportunities the project offers in education, training, employment and business will make a significant difference in the lives of many for years to come.”
The Ambassadors are a formidable leadership team who will guide and drive the First Nations cultural narrative across all aspects of the Australian Biome to transform Western Australia’s tourism industry. They will play a lead role in bringing ancient wisdom and solutions to climate change, connect ancient wisdom with tomorrows technologies and invite and welcome others to showcase and share their cultures.
”As a Noongar Elder from First Nations people and on behalf of my people it is with open heart that I congratulate the team for the work that has gone into the Australian Biome Project. I look forward to working as an Ambassador for the project to make it a reality for our State, First Nations people and generations to come”. Dr Robert Isaacs.
These Ambassadors and the Australian Biome team will bring this inspirational project to Australia and to the world.