Managing Director- Djami Marika Employee since 1993
"My name is 'Djami' Marika and I am a senior member of the Rirratjingu clan and a son of Roy Dadanga Marika... My country is Yalagbara Guluruga and Yirrkala Rangi (beach) Nuwul or Gamarrwa. I started working for Dhimurru in the Year 1993. I have completed a Land Management course at the Batchelor Institute. I started as a ranger and then worked my way up to become a senior ranger of operations, then the cultural advisor and now I am the Director of Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation."
As Director, Djami represents the traditional owners of the Miwatj Region in NE Arnhem Land locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Director has overall responsibility for the staff and operations of Dhimurru and ensuring that members and the committee are fully informed about Dhimurru's activities. Djami is proud to be part of Dhimurru and the role that his father had in setting the vision for the organisation. Djami is a strong advocate of Dhimurru's bukmak approach - everyone working together.
"I love my job because of the inspiration of my father I want to continue to fulfill the vision statement of Dhimurru. To keep strong looking after both Yirritja and Dhuwa land."
Senior Cultural Advisor - Djalinda Yunupingu Employee since 2013
Djalinda has a diploma of teaching specialising in Aboriginal schools, and has spent most of her working life in education, including working with Yirrkala Community Education Centre and the Yirrkala Homelands school. More recently Djalinda worked with Miwatj on the 'Yakka Ngarali' (Say No to Cigarettes) campaign.
Djalinda is also registered with the AIS (Aboriginal Interpreter Service) as a Yolngu interpreter and has been called upon to assist with justice system processing, centrelink, and at the police station and has undertaken on the job training assisting her in these roles.
Djalinda plays an active part in the community translating mainly Yolngu to Ngapaki and has previously been an active member on Dhimurru’s Board.
Executive Officer - Steve Roeger Employee since 2002
Steve began his employment with Dhimurru in 2002. Prior to this, he coordinated environmental and engineering input on mining and exploration programs, as well assisted with social and environmental impact assessments, on Aboriginal Land for the Northern Land Council. He spent a number of years based in Jabiru and has been associated with the Nabarlek Aboriginal Corporation, the Ranger Uranium Mine and the Jabilika Uranium Mine proposal. Steve has qualifications in natural resource management.
The Executive Officer takes responsibility for the Dhimurru budget and resource allocations. Steve is responsible for finalising funding submissions and their acquittal. He also coordinates the ngapaki (non-Yolngu) input to projects and activities undertaken by or affecting Dhimurru.
“Dhimurru has been one of the most challenging jobs I have ever undertaken. Nothing can be taken for granted when working for an Aboriginal organisation and in a cross cultural context. Dhimurru's success is largely due to the tremendous patience and perseverance of the key Yolngu involved. It's a privilege to be part of the team.”
Learning On Country Coordinator - Jonathan Wearne Since 2013
Facilitator - Lisa Roeger Employee since 2009
Lisa started off life in South Australia, completing her schooling in Adelaide in 1982, and gaining a diploma in Natural Resource Management at Roseworthy College. Lisa then began her career focused on the Environment, which brought her to the Northern Territory, and finally to Nhulunbuy. She has worked for numerous organisations in the area including, Dhanbul Landcare, the Primary School and with the Yirralka Rangers at Laynhapuy Homelands Association.
Lisa works closely with the miyalk (women) rangers on a number of projects primarily focussing on their knowledge of native plant and bush ngatha (foods). These projects include AQIS surveys, development of a seasonal calendar, as well as nursery and revegetation work.
“I have a strong interest in the environment, art, Yolngu Culture and the interactions between Land and Culture. I look forward to supporting the Yolngu community to get fully involved in the process of caring for country and culture.”
Facilitator - Paul Augustin Employee since 2009
Before coming to Dhimurru, Paul was with QLD Parks and Wildlife for three years, the most recent time of which he was stationed in the Bunya Mountains. He has a Bachelor in Protected Area Management but had never applied that to Indigenous Protected Areas until beginning his employment with Dhimurru.
Paul's role involves implementing projects with help from the Rangers that, reduce visitor impacts on the Dhimurru Designated Recreation Areas and help the Yolngu people look after their land.
"I love it here, the people are really friendly and I love the fishing. I'm enjoying learning one of Australia's true cultures, the kinship, the language; Yolngu Matha, and about the local plants and animals."
Senior Ranger - Fiona Yupunu Marika Employee since 2011
Fiona is part of the Rirratjingu clan. She originally started as a Ranger at Dhimurru but has worked her way up to a Senior Ranger position. Prior to her employment at Dhimurru, Fiona worked on community night patrols. Fiona loves all of the djama (work) at Dhimurru, especially camping and doing marine debris work. She says that it is sometimes hard work but that everyone supports each other. "This job has given me the chance to step forward and be a part of keeping Dhimurru running." Fiona is Dhimurru's first Indigenous female skipper, gaining her Coxswain Certificate in early 2012. She has also acquired her forklift, chainsaw, firearms, chemical handling and 4WD tickets.
In her spare time Fiona looks after her four children and enjoys playing sport, hunting and swimming. She hopes that her children will continue to look after their country and grow up to be role models for the Yolngu community.
Senior Ranger - Gathapura Mununggurr Employee since 2008
"My Name is Gathapura Mununggurr and I work at Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation. My role is a Ranger."
Rangers are involved in many projects such as Turtle tracking and monitoring, Sea Grass Mapping, Ghost net patrols and marine debris clean ups.
"I like working as a ranger because I like being connected to culture and song line, and looking after our country and sea. The most interesting job is the helicopter survey because we fly in sky.
Ranger - Banula Marika Employee since 2002
Banula is a Rirratjingu clan member and the son of Roy Dadunga Marika. He is involved in all of the Ranger activities conducted by Dhimurru including patrols of Designated Recreation Areas and looking after country.
Banula enjoys helping with Dhimurru's cross-cultural awareness programs helping to improve cultural awareness in the community.
Ranger - Grace Wununggmurra Employee since 2013
"Hello, my name is Grace. I was born in Cairns where I lived until I was 17 then I moved back to my own country in 2012. In 2012 is participated in the Rio Tinto Alcan RALPA Program and then started working for Dhimurru in January 2013. I really enjoy going out on country and doing the nursery djama. I hope to become a Senior Ranger one day."
Ranger - Eddie Marika Employee since 2013
Ranger - Rakrakpuy Marika Employee since 2014
"Hello, my name is Rakrakpuy Marika. I'm the granddaughter of Roy Marika and the daughter of Witiyana Marika, who was in Yothu Yindi.
I started working for Dhimurru when I finished school. I wanted to work here because both my grandfathers worked here and I wanted to look after my country by my grandfather's wisdom and the knowledge that he taught me.
The best thing about working for Dhimurru is working with the other miyalk rangers, and I also really like camping out and doing marine debris clean-up.
I also want to learn more about the equipment that we use to look after country, like whipper snippers! It's a good job here because I can get training."
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