• The First Nations Advisory Group

    The First Nations Advisory Group was established to share ideas, get direct input and assist in guiding Barmal Bijiril in the exciting years to come. You don't know your future unless you really know your past. The First Nations Advisory Group brings together 150 years’ experience servicing First Nations communities, building capacity, empowerment, and strength.
    Current members of the Reference Group are below:
  • Gary Murray

    Gary Murray a Multi-Clan descendant of the Wamba Wamba, Dhudhuroa, Wiradjeri, Yorta Yorta, Baraparapa, Dja Dja Wurrung and Wergaia Nations. During a career spanning from the mid 1960’s to present day, Gary has been a powerful activist and advocate for Aboriginal justice relative to land rights, cultural heritage protection, community capacity building and development.

    He has produced numerous research publications, submissions and exhibitions that encompass the full range of cultural and socio-political imperatives towards the recognition of Aboriginal people’s rights in policy and law. Currently involved in the Victorian Traditional Owner Land Justice Group (VTOLJG) in an honorary capacity working with the Executive on Treaty, native title, cultural heritage and economic development, Gary has held a multitude of high profiled elected positions at local, state and national levels, and who’s experience, and expertise is recognised universally.

    Tom Smith

    Tom Smith is a Wiradjuri man and experienced community development strategist from Cowra, who has lived in Redfern, Fitzroy and Canberra most of his life. Tom has spent his life pioneering self determination for First nations peoples in many areas. A qualified school teacher, in 1983 Tom was an adviser to the Victorian Education Dept, and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Secretariat in the establishment of VAEAI.

    Tom also established the first Koorie Housing Construction (KHC) companies in Australia, based in Collingwood. Recently retired, Tom’s last post was to manage the National Indigenous Ranger Program for National Dept of Environment and Heritage, under three Prime Ministers, looking after over 200 First Nations rangers across the country, treating caretakers with cultural respect and acknowledgement.

    Simon Rose

    Simon Rose is a Birrah/Gurreng Gurreng man and formerly taught at RMIT in digital media for First nations elders. Simon is currently Director of Indigenous Media Services

    “The Great Aboriginal People. As an emerging producer, writer, director based in Melbourne, where he’s been developing media production skills across documentary, corporate video, drama, and commissioned content for several years. Working with many high profiled Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artist in a range of successful collaborations and productions, his credits include: Cultural Warrior for NITV Our Stories, Let’s Talk Treaty for John Harding/ City of Melbourne and The Story of Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner Sorry: a video response to the National Apology to the Stolen Generations for Whittlesea Council. DNA Nation, First Contact and Filthy Rich and Homeless as a factual research intern with Blackfella Films Melbourne. ABC TV: Mrs Fishers Murder Mysteries (Series 3 ) as directors attachment with EveryCloud Productions.

    Naomi Murphy

    Naomi Murphy is very proud Wakka Wakka woman with bloodlines to Cherbourg Community, Woorabinda mission in Queensland. She respectfully lived on Gunnai/Kurnai country in Gippsland for over 20 years until recently when she returned to Queensland. Naomi has previous roles as an Aboriginal Ex-Offender Employment Project Worker, where she worked for the Criminal Record Discrimination Project and was a presenter at the statewide Aboriginal Justice Forum held in December 2018. The project resulted in the unanimous endorsement of their submission for Justice reform. Naomi was previously employed as the Central Gippsland Client Services Support Worker at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, with nearly 15 years working in community, Naomi has many achievements

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