Cindy grew up in the inner city of Sydney and is a Ngunnawal woman descending from the Bell family in Yass. As a secondary mathematics teacher she commenced her teaching career in 1984 and has held various executive positions both within schools and across NSW Department of Education. Cindy has also lectured at Sydney University and University of Western Sydney. Cindy believes Aboriginal people should self-determine their own future and has a strong commitment to social justice.
Anne Dennis is a Gamilaraay woman living in Walgett and a strong advocate for Aboriginal people in the North West NSW. Anne understands the importance of a quality education needed in today’s society which inspired her to become a teacher. Anne has been involved in the NSW AECG Inc. for many years as an active member of her Local and Regional AECG and was formally recognised when give the status of Life Membership within the organisation. Anne is also involved in other Aboriginal organisations which allows her to advocate on behalf of her people ensuring that the needs and aspirations of the community are heard.
Julie Street-Smith is a Minang/Ngadju woman who comes from Kalgoorlie WA, descending from the Harris, Woyliberry and Williams families. I have been living in Wollongong for 40 years and have always been involved with the Education of young people. As a girl guide leader, a youth and community worker, student support officer, Aboriginal Education Worker or in her current role as the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer for NSW School Services in the Illawarra area.
Julie took up a casual vacancy on the NSW AECG Association Management Committee in August 2017. Julie has been the President of the Northern Illawarra Local and Upper South Coast Regional Secretary for the past three years and is very passionate about the education of our children. Julie understands that most people know the ‘Why’ of Aboriginal Education but very few know the ‘How’ and is actively trying to change that in her community.
I am Matthew Priestley. A proud Mehi Murri from Moree of the Terry hi hi clan within the Gomilaroi Nation. I was born 23/12/1973 within Eora Nation Sydney. I grew up on the Top camp Stanley village (Moree) I am a Father of two beautiful girls, a Murri man that’s supportive of his wife of 26yrs. As well as a director of Desert Pea Media, an innovative multimedia company dedicated to archiving indigenous culture, and educating and supporting Aboriginal communities to evolve and sustain cultural protocol. I am employed as the senior leader at Moree East Public School with in Connected Communities strategy. As a member of the Moree local AECG North West 1 Regional AECG I am required by the old people to provide ongoing monitoring of the human rights situation of our Aboriginal people in our country. I view education as an important tool to improve our situation by pursuing economic, social and cultural development; it provides us with individual empowerment and self-determination. Education is also a means of employment for all of us.
Yaamandhu Murung my name is Robert Salt. I was born in a small town called Brewarrina, north-western NSW. My father is also Robert Salt, born in Brewarrina, he is of English/ French ancestry and my mother is Evelyn Barker, born in Brewarrina.
From my mother I descend from the Kunja, Muwarri and Wiradjuri Nations.
I am a member of Western 1 and active in my local Dubbo AECG.
I have been involved in education for over twenty two years and I am still passionate about creating positive change within our communities. I am very conscious that many people before me have argued, negotiated and stood their ground to enable me to have the opportunities that I, and many others have today. I continue with their journey.
I have completed a Bachelor of Teaching, Master’s Degree in Education, Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management and other learning and development opportunities that I have combined with life experiences, so I can be the best person I can. I currently work in the tertiary sector and I am very humbled and proud to be serving on the AMC.