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NT Aboriginal Tourism Committee (ATC)

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The Aboriginal Tourism Committee (ATC) will play a key role in guiding implementation of the NT Aboriginal Tourism Strategy 2020 - 2030 to achieve its vision of the Northern Territory to ‘be the undeniable Australian leader in the Aboriginal tourism sector’. 

ATC will also contribute to developing sustainable and prosperous Aboriginal tourism enterprises across the NT, leading to positive economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal communities.

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

Ms Helen Martin - Chairperson

Helen is the Business Director of Banubanu Beach Retreat on Bremer Island off the coast of Nhulunbuy.  Helen is also a member of the NT Tourism Commission Board, Vice Chair for the East Arnhem Land Tourism Association (EALTA executive member), and member of the Northern Australia Agenda Advisory Group.  Helen is the former Chair of the NT Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council and previous member of the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Gove Community Advisory Committee.

Ms Rayleen Brown

Rayleen is the owner/operator of Kungkas Can Cook, an Alice Springs based company that has been delivering catering/café and tourism products for the last 20 years, particularly specialising in bush tucker and bush tucker talks.  She is a passionate advocate of the harvesting and sale of Central Australia bush tucker in support of Aboriginal women working on country.  Rayleen has an extensive background in Aboriginal tourism in Central Australia and is the NT member of the First Nations Bushfood & Botanical Alliance.

Mr Nigel Browne

Nigel has been CEO for the Larrakia Development Corporation (LDC) since 2013 after serving as a Director on the Board since 2005 and as Chair from 2010 to 2013.  LDC has been pivotal in the proposed development of the $63M Larrakia Cultural Centre project envisioned at the Darwin Waterfront precinct.  He is a member of the Ministerial Forum on Northern Development Indigenous Reference Group.  Nigel’s previous professional roles include Crown Prosecutor for the Office of the Department of Public Prosecutions, Lawyer for Aboriginal Lands within the Department of Justice and policy advisor for the Chief Minister’s office.  He has held board positions with the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, Law Society (NT) and Australia Day Council (NT).  Nigel is a Larrakia and Wulna man who has resided in the Top End for his entire life. 

Mr Jimmy Frank

Jimmy is a Warumungu / Arrernte man and has lived in Tennant Creek for most of his life.  He has been involved with the Nyinkka Nyunya Arts and Culture Centre in Tennant Creek since its inception, and is currently employed as the Cultural Liaison Officer at the Centre.  Jimmy has worked in the arts, tourism and cultural industry since the age of 19; he is an accomplished carver having travelled nationally and internationally showcasing Warumungu culture.  Jimmy is currently advising the NT Government on the Nyinkka Nyunyu Arts Trail infrastructure project.

Dr Maree Meredith

Maree is the Deputy Director for Flinders University’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.  In 2018 she was the first PhD graduate of the Flinders Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.  Her current research centres on how Aboriginal art centres are critical to maintain and improve health and happiness in remote Indigenous communities and how western health systems should embrace and learn from the unique positive health holistic benefits and social networking created by remote art centres.  Maree has worked extensively in the field of international and Aboriginal development in the Northern Territory with the Centre for Remote Health, Central Land Council and AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development). 

Ms Jane Runyu-Fordimail

Jane is the CEO and Cultural Services Manager for Nitmiluk Tours and Cicada Lodge.  She is a current Director of the Jawoyn Association and member of the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park Board.  Jane gained broad local Government experience through her former role with the Roper Gulf Shire.  Jane’s extensive experience as an operator of a successful Aboriginal tourism business in the Katherine region has been recognised through numerous tourism awards including several NT Brolga Awards.  Jane is a previous member of the NT Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council. Maree has a strong background in research, policy and practice and is a previous member of the NT Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council.

Mr Randle Walker

Randle has been CEO of the Centrecorp Aboriginal Investment Corporation (CAIC) for twelve years.  CAIC is an investment, acquisition and licence management trustee established to benefit Aboriginal people and organisations in Central Australia.  CAIC derives its income from commercial activities and investments.  Excess funds are distributed via a foundation to Aboriginal people in Central Australia.  Randle is former Board member and Treasurer of Tourism Central Australia.  His experience and skills are extensive and have benefitted community groups including membership of the Regional Economic Development Committee. 

Further Information

For further information on the work of the ATC, contact the ATC Secretariat Mr. Stuart Ord on 08 8951 8584, [email protected] or Chairperson Helen Martin on 0427 272 772, [email protected]

Find out more about the Northern Territory Aboriginal Tourism Strategy 2020 – 2030


Page last updated on 04 August 2020