We want to welcome the following new staff joining KJ:
Kate Mackie, Deputy CEO – Kate previously worked for the Australian Government and set up the Working on Country (Indigenous ranger) Program. After government, Kate completed a PhD in environmental policy and what makes good government programs. She also taught courses in Public Policy - Financial Management and Strategy, Leadership and Management at the University of NSW.
Bridget Mattingley, coordinator for the Punmu women’s ranger team and the Rawa high school ranger program – Bridget comes from Melbourne and has studied natural resource management and community development and was working with Engineers without Borders prior to joining KJ. Bridget has been joined by her nyupa (partner) Chris, who is working at the Rawa School.
Daniel Johanson is also originally from Victoria but arrived in Punmu from Warburton Community where he worked as a ranger coordinator, and Ormiston Gorge where he was a park ranger. He has settled into the Ilyara house with his nyupa Gemma and his daughter Rosie who regular attendees at the Punmu playgroup.
A big thank you to the following staff who have finished up in the second half of this year:
Steve Hamilton, relief ranger coordinator – Hammo worked for six months and organised two trips from Bidyadanga to Kulyakartu as well as assisted at Punmu to provide a smooth introduction to Bridget and Daniel.
Emma Stock, Puntura-ya Ninti coordinator – Emma has helped develop KJ’s culture and heritage collections and build new partnerships with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and other organisations.
Ngangkari (Tim Schneider) and his family are moving back to Victoria at the end of the year. Ngangkari will continue to work for KJ on the leadership program. We wish his family all the best for next year.