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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group

The AMRRIC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group brings the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities into the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of AMRRIC’s discrete animal management services and programs.

It’s members have been sourced from across Australia bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and experience which will assist in ensuring that AMRRIC’s programs and communication are both culturally sensitive and achievable.

Aboriginal and Toerres strait Islander Advisory Group At Parliment House

Picture above: The AMRRIC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group at Parliament House during their inaugural meeting in Darwin August 2017, where they were introduced to the House during question time, personally greeted by the Northern Territory’s Chief Minister Michael Gunner, and hosted to afternoon tea by the Member for Arnhem, Selena Uibo.


 Mr Robert (Bobby) Bin Awel 

Thursday Island born and raised, Bobby is the fifth sibling in a family of six siblings. His bloodline is from many of the Torres Strait islands. Bobby has been working for the Torres Shire Council for six years in animal management, environment protection and environmental health. 

Mr Alex Blackman

Alex is a Kalkadoon man from Mount Isa, Queensland, but has spent most of his life in the Wadjuk country of Perth. A life-long animal lover, he has a Biology Degree majoring in Wildlife Conservation. Alex became involved in dog management through a role with the Department of Health where he was part of dog health programs. In his current role as a Dangerous Goods Officer with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, he visits Aboriginal communities across WA and ensures their fuel and gas supplies are safe. Alex is passionate about both animal management and Aboriginal welfare, and hopes to use his knowledge and experience to positively influence both areas.

Mr Wayne Bynder 

Born into one of the largest southwest families, Wayne has lived much of his life in Perth. He has enjoyed working and learning in remote regional areas of the Kimberley and in the Northern Territory for ten years.

Wayne’s education includes two tertiary degrees and a professional working life that evolves around education and radio broadcasting. Early in his working life, he decided in order to be successful you need two areas in which to work in. In his case it is broadcasting and teaching. Wayne most enjoys Indigenous broadcasting for which he has built up 30 plus years of experience in all areas including training, broadcasting and managing. 

Wayne follows a philosophy of respect and continuous learning. “Be respectful to other people and always be ready to learn.”

Dr Julie Owen 

Julie is an Aboriginal woman with family ties to the Narungga and Ngarrindjeri Nations of South Australia, whose love for the Kimberley and its people have captured her heart and spirit.  Her current stay of four years is her third round of working and living north.

Julie’s qualifications in Teaching and Masters in Population Health are from UNISA and Flinders in South Australia.  Her Doctorate in Aboriginal Health from UWA, and her counselling diploma were completed in 2006 and 2009 respectively.  Julie was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel, work and learn and live for nine months with Native American Nations across Midwest, USA in 2007 was a highlight of her academic career.

Over the last 30 years, Julie has lived and worked across several states in regional, remote and rural areas, in Aboriginal health, community development and education.

Presently Julie is working with Catholic Education in the Kimberley region, as the Coordinator for Aboriginal Families as First Educators, in the 3a Program, with positive results and wonderful outcomes. 

Her love of the beach and dancing keep her active and she loves being grandmother to 14 grandchildren and a great grandson.

She values and is honoured to be able to connect and re-connect with sista girls from her previous works, lives and challenges.

Ms Christine Ross

Christine Ross is an Arrernte/Kaytetye desert woman who was born in Alice Springs and grew up in Darwin. She moved to Perth in 2002.

Christine’s career began as a teacher, she spent several years teaching in the NT where she was employed by the NT Department of Education for 14 Years, which included 4 years as the Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educators Support Unit. 

Christine was the General Manager of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) in Alice Springs in 1999- 2001. 

Christine was employed by the WA Department of Education in 2005 – 2011 as the Senior Consultant Aboriginal Employment.  During this period Christine was also seconded for two years, 2009 – 201, to Burswood Entertainment Complex (now Crown Perth) as the Aboriginal Program Coordinator.

Christine has worked in the Resource Sector of WA for a number of years both as Indigenous Employment Superintendent in 2011 with Leighton Contractors Mining Division and the former Manager of Indigenous Relations for Laing O’Rourke.  

Christine is still based in Perth and works part time as the Indigenous and Diversity Manager at the AROONA Alliance as well as the Managing Director of her own Consultancy specialising in Indigenous Employment Programs, Training, Mentoring and Facilitating Indigenous Conferences and Forums. 

Christine is a member of several Boards including the Indigenous Woman in Business Australia, Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC), Sevenoaks College Follow the Dream Program and Chairperson of Langford Aboriginal Association in Perth.

Ms Bindee Davis

Bindee grew up in Darwin and calls it home, but is enjoying living in Adelaide while she works her way through university study to become a veterinarian.

Bindee is a qualified and experienced Veterinary Nurse that has experience working in General Practices, Emergency Centres and Remote Indigenous communities. Whenever possible Bindee likes to travel to experience different cultures and ways of life. She also has an interest in working with education and dog health programs in the more remote rural communities around Australia.

Bindee shares her life in Adelaide with her Partner Karen and their menagerie of animals at home which are one dog, two cats, one snake and two chickens. She is excited to be a part of the AMRRIC Advisory Group, so she can share her knowledge and experiences with other people and the wider community.


Mr Scott Spurling

More information about Scott is coming soon.

Mr Willie (Lee) Ase

More information about Willie is coming soon.

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