Regina newland - Chair
Regina is a Muntjiljturra person on her mother’s side and Wutja-yitja, Tjupan person on her father’s side. Regina’s family country is on the edge of the Little Sandy Desert, near Wiluna. Her family has owned and operated Windidda pastoral lease for over 30 years. She is currently working with Youth Focus in Wiluna and studying for an Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion. Regina is a member of Mungarlu Ngurraunkatja Rirraunkatja Aboriginal Corporation and a director of both the Tarlka Matuwa Piarku Aboriginal Corporation and the Ngaananawilli Aboriginal Health Service; all based in Wiluna. Regina was a member of the Muntiljarra Wurgumu Group who won top honours at the national Indigenous Governance Awards in 2015.
Benji Kenny is a Western Aranda man from Hermannsburg (Ntaria). His skin name is Jakamara and totem is Ngoilya (Dog). He is a Jirramba (Honey Ant) man. Benji is the Tjuwanpa ranger coordinator and looks after nine rangers to protect country in Central Australia as a part of the Central Land Council. He is currently the deputy chair of the steering committee for the 10 Deserts Project. Benji has also worked with the pastoral industry and with Parks and Wildlife NT and has qualifications in conservation and land management.
Andrew is a traditional owner of the Martu native title determination spanning 13.6 million hectares. The determination includes parts of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts, collectively referred to as the Western Desert. He is the chair of the 10 Deserts Project steering committee and has held positions on the Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa board for the past six years. He has been involved in the development of the highly successful and respected Martu leadership program which targets young men and women
Nyaparu Rose is the CEO and senior cultural advisor, Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation (NWAC). Nyaparu is a Nyangumarta elder who works closely with the Nyangumarta Ranger group, based out of Bidyadanga. She is passionate about the importance of connection to country and was instrumental in the NWAC achieving Indigenous Protection Area status for 28,420 km2 of land which now employs 17 rangers and 14 elders. Nyaparu is a key member of the 10 Deserts Project steering committee and has provided support and advice to the team since the project’s commencement. Nyaparu is also chair of Nyangumarta Karajarri Aboriginal Corporation and on the KLC Board of Directors.
Hilary is from Yalata SA and is an Anangu woman. Hilary is currently a ranger for the Oak Valley Ranger Program and a director for the Oak Valley Health Service Board (AHCSA Aboriginal Health Council for South Australia), Mamungari Conservation Park Board and Maralinga Tjarutja Council. Her previous experience has been as an Aboriginal Education Worker (AEW) in both Yalata and Oak Valley and working for Aboriginal Legal Rights and TAFE SA in Adelaide.