Inaugural Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Council appointed

The inaugural seven (7) members of Western Australia's new Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Council have been appointed. The formation of the council has been another target of the State Government in the phases it created to bring the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act into its 'working' phase.

The State Government announcement said:

"As the State's peak strategic body on Aboriginal cultural heritage matters, the Council will provide advice to the Aboriginal Affairs Minister, designate local Aboriginal cultural heritage services and approve permits and management plans.

The Council also has a role in promoting public awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal cultural heritage and the role of Aboriginal people in how their cultural heritage is managed and protected.

The new Council members are:

·    Co-chairperson Dr Mark Bin Bakar - an Aboriginal culture and heritage advocate, experienced Board Director and accomplished singer songwriter known for his success in the arts and media industries.

·    Co-Chairperson Ms Irene Stainton - an Aboriginal cultural heritage practitioner with industry, government and consultancy experience and a current trustee for the WA Museum Boola Bardip.

·    Ms Merle Carter - Chairperson of the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, experienced Board member and Aboriginal corporation director.

·    Mr Graham Castledine - a barrister, negotiator and mediator with significant experience in Aboriginal heritage, Native Title, environment and planning matters.

·    Dr Debbie Fletcher - a former senior public servant with experience in Native Title matters, State agreements and land access.

·    Ms Belinda Moharich - a lawyer with expertise in planning and environment law.

·    Mr Kevin Walley - a qualified conservation land manager, with Aboriginal cultural heritage expertise and experience leading Aboriginal corporations.

The Council's first task will be to review the key documents and Regulations being developed ahead of the third and final phase of co-design, which is expected to commence in October."


You can read the full release here.

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