Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd.

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Our Board


Bill Fisher


Bill has lived in Newcastle for 10 years. He is of Awabakal and Worimi heritage having a continual link to the Newcastle area since before colonisation. He has extensive experience in Banking and Finance, having spent 15 years with Westpac specialising in Business and Rural Finance. Bill has worked with ATSIC in Lismore on the Home Ownership Pro, as the Strategic Economic Development Officer in Forster LALC, in Aboriginal Identified roles with Centrelink and with Yarnteen. Bill currently works for the Wollotuka Institute assisting and supporting Aboriginal Students with their Higher Education journeys. 


Darren Faulkner


A Newcastle resident for over 40 years Darren has been actively involved in the Aboriginal community participating in many cultural and community events. He has worked with Hunter New England Area Health as a counsellor for over six years and previously worked at Awabakal Newcastle Awabakal Co-Operative Limited as a Youth Worker.


Raymond Kelly


Raymond was born and raised in Armidale and is of Dhangarr'i and Gummayirra Heritage. He has been involved with Aboriginal community Development for over 30 years, delivering in a broad range of areas from Art and Culture through to Management and Administration. Raymond has served on a range of Boards including the NSW Ministry for the Arts, The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, The NSW Ministry for the Arts Board, The Health and Medical Research Council, The Hunter Area Health Board and served as Chief Executive Officer - Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Cooperative 1993 -2004 and Executive Director - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board - Australia Council for the Arts. Raymond was awarded an Honorary Doctorates by the University of Newcastle in 2006.


Floyd Tighe


Floyd is a Gamilaroi man, born and raised in Moree and has lived in Newcastle for the last 7 years. He has extensive experience and has held senior positions working with Aboriginal Organisations including; Moree Land Council (Chairperson), Moree Boomerang Football Club (Chairperson,) Metro Local Land Council, Pius X Aboriginal Cooperation and Awabakal LALC. Floyd holds trade certificate in Commercial Cookery and a Cert IV in Land Management.


Victor Wright


Victor has thirty year affiliation with the Aboriginal communities in the North Coast and Hunter Region and has been a member of the Awabakal Co-op and Lands Council for over 30 years. Victor is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal rights and has in depth knowledge on issues impacting Aboriginal People, young and old and especially of those who are entrenched in the revolving door of recidivism and institutionalisation. He also enjoyed a professional rugby league career as captain/ coach of various rugby league clubs in NSW from 1970 to 1994 and a member of the NSW Aboriginal rugby league association for over 10 years.