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Our Board


Bill Fisher

Bill has lived in Newcastle for ten years. He is of Awabakal and Worimi heritage, and has a continuous link to the Newcastle area, preceding colonisation. He has extensive experience in Banking and Finance, having spent fifteen years with Westpac specialising in Business and Rural Finance. Bill has worked with ATSIC in Lismore on the Home Ownership Pro, and as the Strategic Economic Development Officer in Forster LALC. Bill has also worked in Aboriginal specific roles with Centrelink, Yarnteen and with The Wollotuka Institute (The University of Newcastle)

Darren Faulkner

Darren Faulkner

A Newcastle resident for over forty 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 Ltd 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 thirty 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, and The Hunter Area Health Board. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer - Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative 1993-2004, and as Executive Director - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board - Australia Council for the Arts. Raymond was awarded an Honorary Doctorate 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 seven years. With extensive professional experience in Aboriginal organizations, he has held senior positions with Moree Land Council (Chairperson), Moree Boomerang Football Club (Chairperson,) Metro Local Land Council, Pius X Aboriginal Cooperation and Awabakal LALC. Floyd holds a Trade Certificate in Commercial Cookery and Certificate IV in Land Management.


Victor Wright

Victor has a thirty year affiliation with the Aboriginal communities of the North Coast and Hunter Region, and has been a member of the Awabakal Co-op and Lands Council for over thirty years. Victor is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal rights and has an in-depth knowledge of issues which impact Aboriginal people, young and old, and in particular the issues which affect Aboriginal people 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 has been a member of the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Association for over ten years.

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Tammy Wright (nee Carney)


Tammy is a Murri woman from the Gamilaroi nation and was born in Warren, NSW. She has resided in the Hunter and Newcastle region for thirty years, and has been a Teacher at St Mary’s High School Gateshead for the past eleven years.

Tammy’s commitment, passion and selfless actions have always been for the betterment of our people. A founding member and author of the community funded Aboriginal Post-release Support Program for Aboriginal women in custody in NSW, she has provided advice and input into various government inquiries and reports, including the 2001 Report on the Select Committee on the Increase in Prisoner Population and the Attorney General’s Speak Out, Speak Strong Report and Human Rights Commission and Ombudsmen Reports.

Tammy has held various positions within the NSW Department of Corrective Services, Judicial Commission of NSW and has a voluntary commitment to various Aboriginal agencies and community groups in and around the Hunter.

Tammy is also one of the foundation members of Yula-Punaal Education and Healing Aboriginal Corporation which was previously known as Yulawirr Inc. She is currently working on a vision around spiritual healing and traditional cultural practices which will nurture healing and focus on the well-being of Aboriginal people.

Tammy’s personal and professional journey has been one of empowerment and immersion into Aboriginal Spirituality and Culture.  

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Warwick 'Wok' Wright