Indigenous Tourism Advisory Council
The role of the Indigenous Tourism Advisory Council is to contribute to developing sustainable and prosperous Indigenous 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 indigenous tourism in the Territory and who continue to share their views and experience to help grow the sector.
Ms Helen Martin - Chairperson
Helen is the Business Director of Banubanu Wilderness Retreat on Bremer Island off the coast of Nhulunbuy. Ms Martin has sat on the Gove Community Advisory Committee and spent 17 years working in the Commonwealth Government.
Mr Paul Ah Chee Ngala
Paul has been on the interim Board of the Alice Springs Desert Park (fr9om 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 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 Timmy Djawa Burarrwanga
Timmy is the founder and Chair of the Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism. He is on a number of North East Arnhem Land Corporation and association boards, including the Gumatj Association and Chimurru Aboriginal Corporation and is a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal people. He is the Managing Director of Bawaka Cultural Experiences, and has many years’ experience with his family in running cultural tours and programs to his homelands at Bawaka, Port Bradshaw.
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 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.
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 Bob Taylor
Bob is the owner operator of RT Tours Australia in Central Australia, a business that has previously won both national (Australian Tourism Awards) and Northern Territory (Brolga Awards) accolades for excellence. Mr Taylor’s family are traditional owners of Rainbow Valley. During his 26 years in hospitality, and as a Chef, Mr Taylor has travelled extensively throughout Australia and spent time living and working in Europe.