Aboriginal Tourism Committee

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The Aboriginal Tourism Committee plays a key role in guiding implementation of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Tourism Strategy 2020 – 2030 (Strategy). The Strategy’s vision is for the Northern Territory (NT) to be the undeniable Australian leader in the Aboriginal tourism sector.  

The Aboriginal Tourism Committee also contributes to developing sustainable and prosperous Aboriginal tourism enterprises across the NT, leading to positive economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal communities.

The current members of the ATC are:

Mr Paul Ah Chee Ngala, Chair

image of Paul Ah Chee Ngala

An Aboriginal man from Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory, Paul has been engaged with the tourism industry over the last 26 years. A founding member of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council, Paul’s contribution to the tourism sector was recognised with a Northern Territory Chief Minister's Award for Excellence in 2009, and in recognition for his contribution to the Indigenous community received the Centenary Medal in 2003.

Currently Paul has representation as a Director on Tourism NT Board, Chairperson Aboriginal Tourism Committee, Director on the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association interim board and currently engaged by NT Major Events company for cultural engagement / advice specifically with Parrtjima (Festival in Light) 

Paul’s goal is to assist by providing opportunities and pathways for individuals or groups to become economically self-sufficient and the ability to make choices about their future and day-to-day living. He also has a passion and strong connection to the creative industry’s specialising in music.

Paul Ah Chee | LinkedIn

Ms Mona Liddy

Mona is a Wagiman elder from the upper Daly River region, Chairperson of Tjuwaliyn Wagiman Aboriginal Corporation, Northern Land Council Pine Creek member and owns a private consultancy business.
Mona’s previous roles include Community Engagement Coordinator, Cultural Advisor, Program Management Support Officer and Aboriginal Community Advisor and she has also served as committee member of the Oolloo Water Advisory Committee and Wagiman Joint Management Committee, Board Director of Territory Natural Resource Management and Chairperson of the Daly River Aboriginal Reference Group.
Mona qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Indigenous Community Management and Development) Curtin University WA, and Diploma of Government (Project Management Specialisation).
Mona’s goal is creating pathways to achieve economic stability for Traditional Owners, as well as training and employment through community led sustainable tourism initiatives.

Mr Peter Pangquee

image of Peter Pangquee

Peter is an Aboriginal man who grew up in Darwin, he is Marrathiel on his father side and Yankunytjatjara on his mother side. Peter is currently an Councillor on the City of Darwin Council and is the City of Darwin Council member on the Executive Board of Management of Tourism Top End, he is also a member of the Development Consent Authority (Darwin) and executive member of the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory.

Previously Peter has held management positions with the Department of Health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health workforce and cultural engagement and is a Registered Aboriginal Health Practitioner. Peter was the inaugural Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia and the Principal Aboriginal Health Practitioner Advisor to the NT Department of Health.

Peter holds a Batchelor's Degree, Applied Science, Aboriginal Community Management and Development.
Peter Pangquee | LinkedIn

Ms Nova Pomare


Nova is a Central Arrernte woman from Alice Springs and the General Manager of Standley Chasm Angkerle Atwatye which has a 90% Aboriginal workforce.

A former board member of Tourism Central Australia, Nova has also been an ambassador and speaker at the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal Economic Development Forum and has held previous roles in the finance and bookkeeping, recruitment and services sectors. 
Nova holds Diploma of Leadership Management and Certificate III in Financial Services.
Nova Pomare | LinkedIn

Mr James Morgan

Aboriginal Tourism Committee member

James Morgan is a Bininj man with connections to Burrungkuy (Nourlangi Rock). The sole trader of Yibekka and Kakadu Rock Art Tours, he is also contracted by Parks Australia to manage a Kakadu National Park campground and was a Yellow Waters cruise guide. In 2021, he managed the Kakadu ranger guide program (program). For the first time in the program’s 25 year history it achieved 100% Aboriginal participation. Previously James held public service positions for eight years. He has also been a member of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Minister’s Youth Advisory Council and ACT Road Safety Advisory Board.

James is passionate in growing Aboriginal representation in the tourism sector and to contribute to building capacity in local communities and Aboriginal businesses. He is dedicated and committed for the long term.

Mr Arian Pearson

Arian Pearson

Arian Pearson, a Yolngu man from Yirrkala in East Arnhem, who has been involved in the Aboriginal tourism sector for over 16 years. Arian holds a number of board and committee positions including Vice Chair Bawaka Aboriginal Corporation, Director Bush Music Fund and Chair Music NT.

Arian is passionate about preserving and sharing his community’s cultural heritage he is committed to contributing to and collaborating with like-minded people to work towards the sustainable growth of the Aboriginal tourism in the Northern Territory.

Mr Randle Walker

Randle Walker ATC Member

Randle is the Chief Executive Officer of Centrecorp Aboriginal Investment Corporation (CAIC), a position he has held for the past 12 years as well as a member of the Alice Springs Major Business Group.

Previously the President of the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Northern Territory, Randle has also held positions with Tourism Central Australia, Central Australia Chamber of Commerce and the Alice Springs Regional Economic Development Committee.

Randle’s finance and governance experience and skills are extensive and benefit community groups including Chair of the MacDonnell Regional Council Audit Committee, auditor for a range of community clubs and organisations, and Chair of the Alice Springs Meeting Place Foundation. 
Randle Walker | LinkedIn

Further Information

For further information on the work of the Aboriginal Tourism Committee contact the ATC Secretariat, 8999 7420 or email [email protected].

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

Page last updated on 18 June 2024