Aboriginal Stakeholders

This page includes a summary of current information of importance to Aboriginal stakeholders and associated organisations - to have an opportunity listed here, contact Kira Duroux, Coordinator Aboriginal Programs and Cultural Engagement - kira.duroux@lls.nsw.gov.au or 0456 554 812.

Please refer to the websites listed for the specific details of the content supplied.

21 September 2022

Indigenous Protected Area Positions for Gumbaynggirr Country

Several Protected Area Positions for Gumbaynggirr Country are currently being recruited.

Job title


Essential criteria

Closing date

Senior Ranger – Indigenous Protected Area

Coffs Harbour

Plan, lead and manage day-to-day field work/activities

Plan and implement day-to-day safety, WHS management and WHS compliance in the field

Develop and implement site plans pertaining to Natural Resource Mnagament

Mentor and support team members


2 x Ranger – Indigenous Protected Area

Coffs Harbour

Undertake training with knowledge-holders to participate in cultural burning practices and firefighting activities

Participate in WHS training and implement work practices to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone in the workplace

Undertake activities to manage the cultural and environmental values of sea country, including surveying, threatened species management, fish habitat creation, estuary and river health


Trainee Ranger – Indigenous Protected Area

Coffs Harbour

Must be willing to commit to completing a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

Undertake feral pest and invasive weeds management

Participate in threatened species management including surveys and implementation of management actions


For more information and how to apply, please contact:

Aboriginal Employment Strategy, Coffs Harbour - coffs.recruitment@aes.org.au or (02) 5625 0100

21 September 2022

Nyirrnaa Wajaarr, Yibaa Bindarray (Beautiful Land, Sweet River)

What: Gumbayngirr Arts and Culture Day featuring kids activities, hot food, stall, language workshops, school dance performance, weaving circle and more.

Date: 2 November 2022

Location: Lane Boulevard, South Grafton

21 September 2022

2023-2025 Heritage Grants NOW OPEN for applications!

Applications are open for innovative ideas that boost public access to the state's most significant heritage places and stimulate local economies across NSW.

NSW Minister for Heritage James Griffin said $5 million in funding support is available through the 2023-2025 NSW Heritage Grants program.

The 2023-2025 NSW Heritage Grants program has six categories, including:

  • the new Activating State Heritage Grant where one successful applicant will be awarded $1 million in matched funding
  • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Grants where applicants can apply for up to $80,000
  • Caring for State Heritage Grants where applicants can apply for up to $150,000
  • Community Heritage Grants where applicants can apply for up to $50,000
  • Emergency Works Grants to help address emergency situations at state significant sites
  • Local Government Heritage Grants program designed for NSW local councils.

For more information visit www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/grants/

To apply visit www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/grants/applying-for-a-grant/

21 September 2022

Koala Officer

The Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council (CHDLALC) is seeking the services of a suitably qualified person to fill the role of Koala Officer.

The Koala Officer role has been created to support CHDLALC’s implementation of the Good Gumbaynggirr Koala Country Plan and the broader Gumbaynggirr Nation to achieve their respective koala conservation actions.

The role will be quite varied, depending on the specific needs of Gumbaynggirr community and CHDLALC, the primary focus will be to engage community, councils and deliver cultural conservation actions for koalas.

Read the role description to find out more PDF, 236.63 KB.

Please contact Chris Spencer on 0408 264 887 or ceo@coffsharbourlalc.com.au for further information regarding the position and for an application package.

Applications close Friday 23 September at 5:00pm.

8 September 2022

Saving our Species

Gumbaynggirr Elders and Community are invited to yarn up 'Saving Our Species' specifically the Glossy Black-cockatoos and the Rufous scrub-bird with Brian Hawkins and the Department of Planning and Environment.

What: A space where we can meet, and better understand the cultural connections and protocols to best support and protect these vulnerable species in the Gumbaynggirr region.

When: 6 October - 11am to 1pm

Where: Digger’s Beach BBQ Area

RSVP: Kristy Pursch Mobile - 0478 718 954 Email - kristy.pursch@environment.nsw.gov.au

8 September 2022

Bowraville Memorial Cup - Thurs 3rd and Fri 4th November 2022

What: An event for school students that includes touch football, basketball and stallholders to help us focus on healing and connecting our mob.

When: 3-4 November 2022

Where: Hennessy Tape Oval, Bowraville

RSVP: Read the flyer PDF, 183.86 KB for further details to RSVP as a student or stallholder.

8 September 2022

North Coast Aboriginal Youth Forum

North Coast Aboriginal Development Alliance (supported by Aboriginal Affairs) have partnered with the Office for Regional Youth to deliver the inaugural North Coast Aboriginal Youth Forum on the 12th October 2022.

Registrations are on Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/north-coast-aboriginal-youth-forum-2022-tickets-382712351947 or on the poster QR code.

Registrations requiring transport will close on 6 October 2022.

Over the last few years, communities have been devastated by the impacts of COVID-19, floods, bushfire and drought. It is important that young people are supported to contribute and be actively involved in taking action to support their communities.

The Youth Forum will help participants to:

  • discuss isues impacting young Aboriginal people living in the North Coast region
  • discuss flood recovery impacting on young people anbd local recovery strategies
  • inspire ideas and actions for change
  • connect with young people from across the region
  • identify opportunities to create meaningful leadership structures to influence the systems and structures that impact Aboriginal people

The forum will conclude with a session on ways forward, identifying key recommendations and potential pathways to creating long-lasting changes that will empower Aboriginal young people for generations to come

Transport and lunch provided. For more information, please contact – Kasey Shannon or Gemma Moore from Office for Regional Youth on 6640 3800.

8 September 2022

Many Rivers Aboriginal Housing

Many Rivers Aboriginal Regional Housing (Many Rivers) is a leading not-for-profit provider of Aboriginal community housing services providing property management services for around 626 properties and support for the needs of tenants

Their vision is to Close the Gap in Aboriginal wellbeing through housing, partnerships, and community development. Their footprint spans from Newcastle to the Queensland border and over the range to the Mooree Plains and the New England.

They're currently recruiting for various roles:

Appointment to these positions will be subject to Current NSW Driver’s license, National Police Check and a Working with Children Check.

They offer an excellent range of benefits including:

  • mentoring and support for career development and advancement
  • full non-profit status with salary sacrifices available to reduce tax and increase your take home pay
  • an opportunity to work with a dedicated team
  • a community-based culture and the opportunity to develop long-term relationships within the community.

To find out more please contact Julia Trendall from Abundance Human Resources on 0418 677 781. All applications will be received via seek.com.au.

8 September 2022

NSW Government Grants and funding portal launched!

Across NSW, there are more than 1,300 programs related to grants, rebates, subsidies, and transfers, spanning over 45 agencies with an associated annual spend of more than $18 billion.

The OneCX program, along with Regional NSW and our agency partners have created a central point where the NSW Government can share grant opportunities with customers - making relevant grants more discoverable, informative, and contextual.

The centralised Grants and Funding hub brings NSW Government grants together in one place, search and filtering tools to find grants that are relevant to you.

8 September 2022

Funeral fund for mob

Pay the Rent is able to contribute towards funeral expenses, as well as general expenses during Sorry Business.

To apply, check out the poster, and fill out this form. This form will take five minutes to complete – information you will need: funeral home details, date of passing and bank details for Sorry Business payments. The form helps them quickly gather the information so they can support you.

For urgent matters, please text the Funerals Support number. Please note that the Funerals/Sorry Business support phone number only operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 12pm.

Funeral Support Ph: 0473 238 622

29 April 2022

Nyami Gawbarri

Goori women gathering. A culturally safe space for Goori women to simply be together without expectation, criteria or conditions. See flyers for information:

24 Feb 2022

Staff Profile – North Coast Regional Landcare Network – Aboriginal Landcare Officer

Introducing:  Michael Kennedy

Hi - my name is Michael Kennedy and I am a proud Gumbaynggirrr descendant from Grafton (Skinner Family). I have been appointed as the Aboriginal Landcare Officer with the North Coast Regional Landcare Network and work from Grafton. This is the first time such a position has been created in NSW Landcare movement.

What is your career background Michael? Previously I have worked within state government starting with Department of Land & Water Conservation through to successor portfolios to Office of Environment & Heritage 18 years later. I have worked with Grafton Ngerrie Local Aboriginal Land Council and also did a few years tenure at Federal Government working with Services Australia (Centrelink Call Centre).

What does your role with Landcare involve? Landcare has a strong interest in finding ways to work more closely with Aboriginal communities across the North Coast. I am interested in knowing what your community/organisation is planning over a rolling period of 12-18 months in regards to any environmental or land management works and how we can create the collaborative partnership. Have you any Plans of Management for your properties? Are you interested in creating a Landcare Group? Ideas for revegetation, weed or pest control, weed identification and management? These are just some talking points to discuss and to have on each other’s scope to be aware of possible grants/funding sources to engage with each other for the works in mind

What is your hope in this role? The Indigenous Program name sums it up perfectly ‘Working Together’. I look forward to the collaborative partnership between Traditional Land custodians and the Landcare Network in learning from each other and ‘Working Together’.

To contact Michael:

  • Email: Michael_kennedy@northcoastlandcare.net.au
  • Phone: 0423 820 722
  • Or arrange an appointment at 1/48 Prince St Grafton NSW at the Clarence Landcare Inc Office.

14 Feb 2022

Tweed-Byron LALC and Mudhima Gulgan Community Association feature in this month's Land Life podcast

In this month’s episode of Land Life we hear from Tweed Landcare, Tweed-Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council and Mudhima Gulgan Community Association about working together on a priority weed program in the Kingscliff and Fingal Head areas.

For more information about this project, contact Tweed Landcare on 02 6670 2199, or Tweed-Byron LALC on 07 5531 1763

To find out how to partner with your local Aboriginal land managers, start by identifying the relevant Aboriginal land council on the NSW ALC website

You can learn more about Landcare on the North Coast via the Landcare Gateway

The priority weeds program referenced in this episode is funded by North Coast Local Land Services  through the Stakeholder Partnerships - Strategic Weed Management Plan 2017-22.

27 Jan 2022

Indigenous Business Australia - Worskhop/Training opportunities

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) provides a number of workshops for Aborginal people. There are a number of upcoming training opportunities on offer. These include:

  • Your Business and IBA info
  • Business Essentials: Business Obligations and Finances 101
  • Business Essentials:Marketing Fundamentals

For more information and to make bookings to attend visit their website: https://iba.gov.au/business/business-skills-workshops/

29 September 2021


Don’t waste time getting up to date with OneMob Radio.

Did you know:

  • OneMob Radio is a first nations web-based Media Platform celebrating first nations people, stories, achievements and culture.
  • The founder Lachlan Skinner is a proud Gumbaynggirr young man from Coffs Harbour.
  • The OneMob Radio Team has recently developed an iOS and Android Phone App for mobile devices.
  • This means you will be able to download the “OneMob Radio” App on the Apple or Google Play Store.

These apps are available now, download via the links below:
iOS App - https://apps.apple.com/au/app/onemob-radio/id1584106623
Android App - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.radio.m0baaa82d6

Happy listening…


8 September 2021


Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted independent business advice and events to help you on your journey to business success.

Here is the link to their homepage: https://business-connect-register.industry.nsw.gov.au/pages/home5.html

Eligible small businesses can access some free (and some very low cost) independent business advisory advice. You need to register and book appointments to access the support available.

On the North Coast of NSW NORTEC are the current service providers.

NORTEC also run workshops and have resources  click on NORTEC Small Business Solutions (list-manage.com) for the NORTEC newsletter and more information.

The following people are all registered Advisors with Business Connect:

Reach out to one of them today to discuss the areas you would like further business advice or assistance with.

Contact person 

Phone Number  


Type of advice/assistance through Business Connect  

Deb Archbold

0417 769 507


Advice on your capability statement and on getting your tendering information, policies and tendering tools prepared

Advice on and review of grant writing applications

Kevin Gardner

0408 133 771


Advice on workplace health and safety

Gary Wheatstone

0408 631 801


Help with business growth strategies and general business advice

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