Ben is of the Meriam and Mualgal peoples of the Eastern and Western Torres Straits born and raised in Cairns, Far North Queensland. Ben is a proud Husband of 22 years to Marcia Salam, and they have 8 children who are their greatest joy and greatest challenge. Bens states that “There is no greater success that can compensate for failure in the home, for family is everything and we are to make it our priority”.
Ben is a 4th generation business entrepreneur from the Torres Straits that includes Pearl Diving and Seafood International Exports, Information Technology design, SME National and International business development and support.
Ben is a devoted Christian and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, having served a two year fulltime voluntary mission for the church in Salt Lake City Utah, and continues to volunteer his time and talents with local community based programmes and initiative.
Ben is a community Leader (including co-chair of the National NAIDOC Committee for more than a decade) and currently works for a private Indigenous consultancy firm – “Coolamon Advisors” based out of Canberra.