NT Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council (ATAC)

Maruku Arts, Yulara

The role of the Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council is to contribute to developing sustainable and prosperous Aboriginal tourism enterprises across the Northern Territory.

The Council helps enable individuals to create or take up meaningful employment and business opportunities in the tourism industry and, at the same time, maintain and share their cultural heritage. 

We are proud to work closely with the following members who work hard to raise the profile of Aboriginal tourism in the Territory and who continue to share their views and experience to help grow the sector.

Ms Helen Martin - Chairperson

Helen Martin

Helen is the Business Director of Banubanu Wilderness Retreat on Bremer Island off the coast of Nhulunbuy. Ms Martin is also a member of the NT Tourism Commission Board, has sat on the Gove Community Advisory Committee and spent 17 years working in the Commonwealth Government.

Mr Paul Ah Chee Ngala 

Paul Ah Chee Ngala

Paul has been on the interim Board of the Alice Springs Desert Park (from 2014/2016). He has held a number of appointments on boards and committees including; National Collection Council Australia Board, the Australian International Cultural Council Board, Indigenous Tourism Leadership Group, NT Indigenous Economic Development Committee, South Australian Museum Board and the Australian Tourism Commission. He is of Arrernte heritage from Alice Springs. 

Ms Tess Atie 

Tess Atie

Tess is the Managing Director of NT Indigenous Tours and has worked as a park ranger and wildlife guide for many years. Born in Darwin Ms Atie has family connections from Mandorah, Peppimenarti and Daly River.

Mr Graham Kenyon 

Graham is the owner / operator of Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours, a family business established in 2008. The tours are conducted from the Adelaide River Flood Plains on Aboriginal owned and operated Limilngan-Wulna land.  Mr Kenyon was a Parks and Wildlife Commission Ranger for many years in the Top End and is currently a council member of the Northern Land Council. The Kenyon Family are the traditional carers of Ludawei Long-necked Turtle Dreaming Story.  Ludawei is the traditional name for Beatrice Hill.

Mr Peter Renehan

Peter Renehan

Peter is a Central Arrernte man who leads the CAT Board with a strong community engagement approach and practical knowledge of interacting and working with Aboriginal people. He is committed to assisting Aboriginal people work through complex arrangements so they can live and thrive wherever they want to be.

Ms Jane Runyu-Fordimail 

Jane Runyu-Fordimail, ITAC Member 

Jane Runyu-Fordimail is a current Director of the Jawoyn Association and is the Chairperson and Cultural Services Manager of Nitmiluk Tours & Cicada Lodge based in Katherine NT. She is also a member of the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park Board. Jane has also had extensive Local Government experience whilst working with Roper Gulf Shire. Jane comes to the Council with extensive experience as an operator of a successful indigenous tourism business in the Katherine Region.

Mr Victor Cooper


Victor is a Traditional Owner of Kakadu - Minitja man. He is the owner and operator of Ayal Aboriginal Tours Kakadu *Ayal), an aboriginal cultural tourism business. Vitor has over 30 years' experience working in Kakadu and was A/Chair of Kakadu Tourism Consultative Committee.

Ms Dorothea Randall


Dorothea is the current chair of the Mutitjulu Community Health Clinic, Director on Gumlake Pty Ltd and has officiated on Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation. During 2011 to May 2016, she was employed with Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia in the important role linking Voyages with the community. Dorothea is working towards providing Anangu Cross Cultural Educational Eco-Tourism on country.

Ms Maree Meredith


Maree is an Aboriginal academic with Flinders University's Poche Centre for Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing. She has worked extensively in the field of international and Aboriginal development in the Northern Territory (18 years) with the Central Land Council and with AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development). Maree has a strong background in research, policy and practice.

Further Information

For further information on the work of ATAC, contact the ATAC Secretariat Mr. Stuart Ord on 08 8951 8584, stuart.ord@nt.gov.au or Chair Helen Martin on 0427 272 772, Helen@banubanu.com .

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