The City's advisory panel

The City's advisory panel

Information and advice

Council appointed the first City of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel on 15 December 2008. Made up of community and industry professionals, the panel's members are from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and live,  work or study in the local area.

Each member brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the table.

The panel provides advice on matters of importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It also reviews the City’sAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  protocols and makes a positive contribution to the organisation's relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organizations  and leaders.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel meet at least 6 times a year.

2015–2017 panel

In 2014 the City called for nominations and recently announced the members of the next Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel.

Meeting updates

Meeting notes on the information discussed at panel meetings is available online.

Contacts

For more information about the City's advisory panel, please contact the coordinator:

Aboriginal Community Engagement Coordinator
02 9265 9333

2015–2017 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel

Dr Liza-Mare Syron

Dr Liza-Mare Syron

Co-Chair

Dr Liza-Mare Syron is a descendant of the Birripi people from the NSW mid-north coast, and is a founding member and current Chair of Mooghalin Performing Arts. She is a teacher, director, dramaturge, theatre maker and academic, and is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Macquarie University. She is widely published in the areas of actor training, Indigenous theatre practice, inter-cultural performance and arts in the community.

Liza-Mare has also worked in government as the Senior Aboriginal Cultural Development Officer at Arts NSW, and as Head of Theatre and Performance at the Eora College for Aboriginal Studies, Centre for Visual and Performing Arts in Redfern. This is her second term on the City’s advisory panel.

Tim Gray

Tim Gray

Co-Chair

Originally from Macksville on the NSW north coast, Tim is a Gumbaynggir man now based in Sydney. Tim is also an accomplished musician, a student of the Eora College, a classically trained pianist, and is lead singer and keyboard player for Indigenous reggae band, Green Hand Band. Tim also has his own show on Koori Radio called Social Change.

Tim is a valued member of the local community and a long serving member on the Tribal Warrior Association board as its public officer.

Norma Ingram

Norma Ingram

Norma is a Wiradjuri woman born in Cowra NSW and raised on ‘Erambie’ Aboriginal Reserve. She has lived most of her life in inner city Redfern. Norma has a Masters of Education from Harvard University. This is Norma’s second term on the City’s advisory panel.

Norma has over 35 years of direct industry experience in education, training and serving Aboriginal communities. She has held a number of roles including Senior Aboriginal Coordinator at TAFE and managing training programs at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) as well as providing corporate training programs for Qantas and the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Norma’s dedication to her community has been demonstrated through various roles including CEO of both the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and the NSW State Aboriginal Land Council, and board member of Murawina Pre-School, Wyanga Aboriginal Elders Program, the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and NSW Aboriginal Housing Office, and as a member of the Indigenous Advisory Group at UTS.

Patricia Adjei

Patricia Adjei

Patricia is a Wuthathi, Torres Strait Islander and Ghanaian woman from Sydney. Patricia has a Bachelor of Arts and Law from UNSW and currently works at the copyright agency, Viscopy. She also serves on a number of advisory boards including the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival and the Mooghalin Performing Arts. This is Patricia’s second term on the City’s advisory panel.

In 2010, Patricia worked at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva as the 2010 Indigenous Intellectual Property Law Fellow. She is a published author, and has written a chapter on Indigenous cultural intellectual property rights in the intellectual property textbook, Intellectual Property: Commentary and Materials.

Lachlan McDaniel

Lachlan McDaniel

Lachlan is a Wiradjuri man who was born in south-west Sydney. He attended Macquarie University and completed a Bachelor of Arts/Laws in 2011. During his studies he attended the University of Calgary in Canada where he spent 6 months studying Canadian Indigenous Studies, History and the Treaty system. In January 2013 Lachlan attended the University of Arizona where he completed a Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Governance.

Lachlan currently works as a Senior Advisor in Telstra's Indigenous Directorate. He was previously with Recognise. This is Lachlan's second term on the City’s advisory panel.


Cass Goodwin

Cass Goodwin

Cass Goodwin is a proud Yuin and Wiradjuri women who grew up in Canberra and now lives in Sydney. She is currently the Manager of Outreach and Research for the Recognise Campaign, the movement to raise community awareness and support for constitutional change to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

She has over 10 years experience working in Indigenous affairs across public and private sectors with a strong passion in protecting cultural heritage and land. Cass currently sits on the Board of Management for the Gulaga National Park and is a member of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Lands Council.

Rebekah Raymond

Rebekah Raymond

Rebekah Raymond is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from Humpty Doo, NT. In 2009, Rebekah was a member of the NT Youth Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians, a youth advisory board that worked on community projects and advised on Northern Territory Government policies and programs. In 2010, she completed her secondary education at Taminmin College, where she was the school captain.

Rebekah has lived in Sydney for the past 5 years, studying a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University, majoring in archaeology and art history. Rebekah has worked with Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), as both a volunteer mentor and as the Sydney City Program Manager Assistant.

Rebekah currently works as the Coordinator of the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum. The forum is a partnership between 6 councils including City of Sydney, City of Botany Bay, Leichhardt, Randwick, Waverley, and Woollahra councils.

Nanica Guivarra

Nanica Guivarra

Nancia is a Meriam (Magaram), Wuthathi and Bindal Juru woman who was born in Brisbane and raised in Gladstone, Qld.  Nancia is the Head of Communications at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement Studies from the University of Queensland (1988) and a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Journalism) from the University of Technology Sydney (2005).  Nancia lectures at various universities on media, culture and Indigenous food science.

Nancia worked for 10 years with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in radio, television and online in roles as online editor for the Indigenous gateway, writer and director for Message Stick TV and as a presenter and producer on Radio National's Indigenous arts and culture program AWAYE! She was a journalist and presenter on NITV.

She has worked in federal government departments, the Aboriginal Development Commission, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, ATSIC and Aboriginal Hostels Limited and has run her own freelance company Amneris Pty Ltd.

Nancia is a lifetime member of the Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation (93.7FM Koori Radio) and implemented its full time community radio licence in 2002/03. She was the  inaugural Chair of the Australian Indigenous Communications Association. 

Frank Trotman-Golden

Frank Trotman-Golden

Frank is a Koori from north-west NSW who has over 12 years experience in the arts sector. In his current role, he delivers projects for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait arts section of the Australia Council for the Arts. Frank also co-hosts the nationally syndicated radio program The Indij Hip Hop Show on Koori Radio and manages his own contemporary music business.

Frank believes in the value of art and culture and is honoured to work in roles that strive towards ensuring the vibrancy of the cultural inheritance for future generations of Indigenous artists.

Nicole Monks

Nicole Monks

Nicole Monks is a trans-disciplinary creative of Aboriginal, Dutch and English heritage.

Nicole has a certificate IV in Fine Arts at Great Lakes TAFE and Interior Design diploma at KVB College, North Sydney. She is currently studying design anthropology at Swinburne University. Nicole founded the company blackandwhite creative in 2012 to weave Aboriginal philosophies of sustainability, innovation and collaboration into contemporary art and design projects. In 2012, she became a member of the NSW Art Gallery Young Peoples Committee and in 2014 was elected president.

Since 2011 Nicole has exhibited with Boomalli Aboriginal Art Co-operative with her first solo show in 2014. In 2012, she had her first international exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.  In 2014, Nicole won the UNSW Art and Design Residency in the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize, the Fisher Ghost Photography Award and a Sydney Design Award for her showcase at Australian Indigenous Fashion Week. In 2015, Nicole opened fashion week with her collaborative label PANDANAH.

Warren Brown

Warren Brown

Warren Brown is Kamilaroi (Inverell) and Ngarabal (Glen Innes). He was born in Inglewood, Qld and grew up in the south-west suburbs of Brisbane.

In 1985, Warren moved to Sydney and 30 years later is still living and working in the Emerald City. Warren commenced at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1990 – 2015 marks Warren's 25th year working at the national broadcaster.

Over the years he has been a member of several advisory panels and boards including the GIS Board and the Bonner Committee at the ABC. He is currently on the Diversity Reference Group and the NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Working Group at the ABC.

Warren is a volunteer broadcaster at Koori Radio, starting as the co-host of  Black with Two Sugars in 2003.  He was the co-producer and co-host of the Rhythm Divine, which celebrated 10 years on air. Over the years, he has been the fill-in host for The Brekky Show and Our Yura as well as outside broadcasts for Yabun Warren, and has co-produced and co-presented the program Ebony and Ivory during NAIDOC Week for the past couple of years on ABC Digital Radio.

Nathan Moran

Nathan Moran

Nathan Moran is the CEO of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Last updated: Friday, 14 August 2015