Who’s your mob and where were you raised?
I have connection to the Kullilli/Mardigani/Kooma/Goongeri traditional owner groups. I take my father’s Apical, TRELLA, and was recently elected to the position of Chair, Kullilli Bulloo River Aboriginal Corporation, post Kullilli Native Title Determination in July 2014.
How long have you been a member of the NAIDOC Committee?
I was appointed in 2012.
What does NAIDOC mean to you?
NAIDOC is the one week on our Cultural Calendar where our people can showcase the very best of our culture and to educate mainstream Australia of our pre and post contact history.
Apart from the National NAIDOC Ball, how will you be celebrating NAIDOC Week?
In my professional capacity as Editor of First Nations Telegraph, I will write and publish positive stories around the nation and disseminate stories of others as they happen daily throughout the week. I will also take time to enjoy NAIDOC activities in my community as well as other communities that I visit during the week.
Outside of NAIDOC what are your passions?
I love to write. I’m currently working on the final edits of my PhD and three books, of different genres, simultaneously as well as writing daily for First Nations Telegraph. I am also an avid armchair sports fan, with a partiality to rugby league.
Fun fact – what don’t we know about you?
I love traveling, cooking and going to the cinema every Thursday to watch a new release movie. I am a family man and love doing everything with my wife Rhonda and with my son Stephen Jnr and Jayde, when they’re home. I am in love with our family dog Thor, who we took on as a family pet 18 months ago with reservation and today have become very attached to him.