Our team

STAFF TEAM:

Karrina Nolan is descendant of the Yorta Yorta people in Victoria. She’s worked as an organiser, strategist, campaigner, facilitator, lobbyist and hip hop wrangler alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, young people and communities for over 25 years. She’s led programs and campaigns on women’s rights, globalisation and environmental justice with a focus on First Nations peoples. She has most recently been working with communities fighting for land justice and for the protection of country. Karrina has been building the power of her mob working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities building up capacity for self-determination in the context of mining, economic development and climate change. Her work has focussed on supporting communities’ capacity to organise, act decisively, share knowledge and make informed decisions that take into account long-term community needs as well as country and culture.

Karrina is the Executive Director of Original Power.

Sharon Ford is a descendant of the Wangan and Jagalingou People of Central Queensland. Through personal and professional experiences, Sharon has developed a thorough understanding of the challenges our people face in protecting community interests and establishing effective and functional self-governing communities. Sharon is an Indigenous Governance and Management Consultant with over 20 years’ experience working with Indigenous Corporations, including nearly a decade of experience in the Native Title Industry. Sharon is passionate about empowering Aboriginal people to to exercise our right to make decisions that affect our families, cultures and country.

Sharon is the Deputy Director of Original Power.


Gadrian Hoosan is a Garrwa and Yanyuwa man born and raised in Borroloola and the Gulf country homelands of the Northern Territory.

Gadrian is a widely respected emerging cultural leader in the Gulf region. His powerful advocacy for the rights and cultural responsibilities of his people has had a profound impact on the political landscape of the wider Northern Territory, including on issues of environmental and cultural heritage protection from gas fracking and mining, water and land rights and Aboriginal representation in NT politics and community governance. 

Most recently he has worked to design and develop a model for community-owned renewable energy through the Ngardara Sun Project in Borroloola, in partnership with Original Power and Impact Investment Partners. The project aims to build the first Indigenous community-owned solar microgrid business in the NT over the next few years. Gadrian will lead local youth engagement, skills and employment development on the solar microgrid project, as well as community research that will share knowledge about the models that can deliver transformative social and economic opportunities to Northern Territory Aboriginal communities.

Gadrian is the Community Organiser - Borroloola.

 

Dwayne Coulthard is a proud Adnyamathanha and Kokatha man studying Bachelor of Laws at the University of Adelaide. Dwayne previously worked as the Executive Officer for the Aboriginal Community Leadership Reference Group, advising State Government on the child protection reforms, and more recently, as an Aboriginal Youth Consultant leading the consultations for the Aboriginal Youth Engagement Project.

Dwayne is the Community Organiser - South Australia.

 

James Fitzgerald is a lawyer, negotiator and strategist for more than 28 years’ experience.
James was the Principal Lawyer at Cape York Land Council with responsibility for the Wik Peoples litigation and negotiations between 1994 and 1997, and advised Opposition senators in the debate of the Howard Government’s contentious “10-Point Plan” Native Title Amendment Act in 1998.
As a founding partner of Chalk & Fitzgerald Lawyers, from 2000 to 2010 James advised and represented Aboriginal tribes and organisations in some of the largest long-term, multi-party native title/mining land use agreements in Australia.
James has been closely involved in the development of native title law and land use policy, and has worked with Indigenous peoples; governments; and industry peak bodies in state and Commonwealth land use policy and legislation development.
James is currently a director of the Diplomacy Training Program Ltd, a human rights training organisation, and is adjunct associate professor at the Law School of the University of NSW.

James is the Legal Strategy Lead.

Lauren Mellor is a community development expert with over 15 years experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland to build capacity and implement self-determined solutions to complex community needs. She has led groups of people in a wide range of contexts to design and implement community driven projects. She has a background in the delivery of off-grid, custom and community solar projects with Saltwater Solar, including a 20kwh off-grid solar system for the Jilkminngan community drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre (2020), and a 50kwh solar system at Barrapunta Outstation (2019-20) in partnership with Mimal Land Management, supplying year-round power to the community and supporting the work of the local Indigenous ranger team.

Lauren is the Clean Energy Communities Coordinator - Northern Territory


BOARD MEMBERS:

Kado Muir is a Wati, a Goldfields Aboriginal cultural and community leader and an anthropologist/archaeologist with many years’ experience working in Aboriginal Heritage, Language preservation and maintenance, traditional ecological/education and native title research.

Kado is a community based cultural heritage and environmental activist. He has led campaigns against uranium mining in Western Australia and is part of that national network. He has been fighting mining industry to adopt responsible practise in Aboriginal heritage and to stop destroying Aboriginal sites and sacred places. Kado is a cultural leader who has preserved his Ngalia language and helped develop Australian curriculum content incorporating Aboriginal knowledge into education curriculum.  He is currently deputy Chair of the National Native Title Council, a board member of Native Title Services Goldfields and chair of the Wakamurru Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, the PBC for Manta Rirrtinya Native Title Determination. 

Kado operates a number of businesses including an Aboriginal art business, a Sandalwood company, a Cultural focussed podcast and a heritage consultancy business. He is an advocate promoting alternative community based enterprises, especially through his PhD university partnerships for research on Wealth in First Nations.

Kado grew up from an early age living in the bush and his passion is to look after country, community and culture.

 

Sharon Ford is a descendant of the Wangan and Jagalingou People of Central Queensland. Through personal and professional experiences, Sharon has developed a thorough understanding of the challenges our people face in protecting community interests and establishing effective and functional self-governing communities. Sharon is an Indigenous Governance and Management Consultant with over 20 years’ experience working with Indigenous Corporations, including nearly a decade of experience in the Native Title Industry. Sharon is passionate about empowering Aboriginal people to to exercise our right to make decisions that affect our families, cultures and country.

Jon Altman is emeritus professor at the Australian National University in the School of Regulation and Global Governance. Jon established the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the ANU in 1990 and led it as foundation director for 20 years. Jon’s focus has been on enabling forms of lifeway practice that advocates for the need to recognise the right of Indigenous peoples to live differently, while simultaneously ensuring equality of treatment as Australian citizens. Jon has written on a wide range of issues including land rights and native title, appropriate forms of economic development, Indigenous communities and mining, tourism and the arts and the homelands movement.

 

Alex Kelly is a settler Australian filmmaker and communications strategist based in Mparntwe, Arrernte country.  Alex worked for ten years with Big hART across many projects including being the Creative Producer of Ngapartji Ngapartji. Alex’s documentary film credits include producing Island of the Hungry Ghosts, THE ISLAND, Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji and co-producing The Namatjira Project production managing Coniston: Telling it True and directing Queen of the Desert. From 2014-2016 Alex was the Global Impact & Distribution Producer on Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything project.

Lara Watson is a Birri Gubba woman from Central West Queensland and the Indigenous officer with the ACTU.  She has been involved with the Trade Union movement for almost 15 years, starting as a workplace delegate and moving into community campaigning as a [email protected] co-ordinator.  She ran the anti-privatisation campaign ‘Not4Sale’ in Queensland, and worked on numerous Indigenous campaigns, including the fight for Muckaty, Queensland Stolen Wages, the NT Intervention. She is currently running the ‘Wage Justice’ campaign for Community Development Workers in remote communities through the First Nations Workers Alliance.

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