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Julie Williams

I am a single mother of 5 children, and I have 11 grandchildren, I am a proud Gamilaroi women born in Western Sydney. I have grown up in Mt Druitt and lived here all my life. I started working as the Community Engagement Officer for Just Reinvest NSW in September 2020. I have been fortunate enough to be raised all my life strong in identity, community and culture, through both my mother and father’s family. I am passionate about…

Mekayla Cochrane

Mekayla Cochrane is a proud Gomeroi woman, born and raised in Moree. Growing up in Moree, Mekayla is able to easily compare and identify where the system has failed the Aboriginal people in the community.  Becoming a Project and Administration Officer with JR is giving her the opportunity to be able to hopefully, have a positive impact on the community and encourage change for a brighter future, particularly for the youth.

Mekayla spends her free time with her son and…

Judy Duncan

Judy Duncan joined the JRNSW team as the Community Engagement Officer in Moree. Jude is a Gomeroi woman with almost four decades of experience working with education, disabilities, child protection, age care and juvenile justice. As well  as currently working with the criminal justice system at Moree ALS.

“What I want to see is less young people before the criminal justice system in Moree. I want the young people to help build our community and utilise their…

Trent Wallace

Trent is a proud First Nations man who grew up on Darkinjung Country. Trent is the First Nations Advisor and Lawyer at Ashurst, which is the first and only role of its kind within a global law firm. Prior to joining Ashurst, Trent has held roles with Australian Government Solicitor and the  Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability where Trent was the…

Jack Beetson

Professor Beetson is a Ngemba man with extensive experience in adult education, community development and Indigenous and human rights education. He is an adjunct Professor at the University of New England and in 2017 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. He is one of only 12 people worldwide to have received a United Nations Unsung Hero Award. Beetson is Chair of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Economic Development Advisory Committee, Board member…

Terleaha Williams

Terleaha is a proud Kamilaroi and Yuin woman. She is a Just Reinvest Youth Ambassador and a project lead on Mounty Yarns – The lived experiences of Aboriginal young people in Mt Druitt. Terleaha is also assisting and coordinating a community-led OzTag team.

‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.’ – Barack Obama.

“Young people now in Mt Druitt are making change. We are putting as many things in place to help, support and guide change. And…

Karlie Stewart

Karlie Stewart is a Wandi Wandian Woman from Yuin Country on the South Coast of New South Wales. She lived in Nowra throughout her childhood and spent time around the Nowra, Wreck Bay and Jerrinja Aboriginal communities with her family. Since 10 years old, Karlie has lived on Bidjigal land and has strong connections to the La Perouse Aboriginal community. In early 2019, Karlie graduated with an Honours in Social Work from the University of New South Wales and…

Ashlee Kearney

A proud Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri and Ngemba woman from far west New South Wales, Ashlee was born and spent most of her life on Dharug country in Auburn, NSW.

She studied a Bachelor of Educational Studies and an Associate Degree in Indigenous Education at the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield, NSW. Ashlee has also completed postgraduate studies in Public Policy at the Australian National University, Acton, ACT.

Her professional background spans across the education, social and community…

Jody Broun

Jody Broun was appointed Chief Executive of the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) in November 2018.

Following the inclusion of the AHO in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Jody is also leading work across the cluster on Aboriginal Strategy and Outcomes.

Previously Jody held various senior positions in the government and not for profit sector including:Executive Director Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure WA; Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment WA;…

Mi-kaisha Masella

Dharumbal Murri, Mi-kaisha, has fought for social justice her entire life. The 17 year old’s passion for sharing people’s experiences and stories has driven her to share her own story through music and take a stand. Mi-kaisha believes it is important that young people, and all people, find their voice anduse it to work on issues that affect them and are important to them.

Mi-kaisha is President of the United Nation’s…

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