ROWAN FOLEY (GENERAL MANAGER)
I am a Ranger by trade first coming to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park shortly after hand back in 1989. I later returned with my family to once again live at Mutitjulu, this time as the Park Manager. Working with the Board and park staff we successfully developed the $21m sunrise area, established the Mala (Hare Wallaby) paddock and introduced the summer seasonal closure of the climb.
In between time at the rock, I worked for the Kimberley Land Council in 1995 as their first Land Management Officer where I negotiated the first Indigenous Protected Area at Paruku (Lake Gregory) in WA and with a National Heritage Trust Co-ordinator established their Land and Sea Management Unit.
As the CFI was being developed in 2010-11 I worked with a dedicated team of people to ensure Indigenous interests were acknowledged and supported through the establishment of the $22m Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund, a co-benefits report and Indigenous Negotiation Roundtables with the Australian Government.
I come from the Wondunna clan of the Badtjala people, Traditional Owners of Fraser Island (N'gari) in Queensland. I live in Alice Springs.
0427 013 318 | rowan-at-abcfund.com.au
barry hunter (regional manager)
I am a decendant from the Djabugay speaking people of Cairns Hinterland. Having grown up in the rainforest near Kuranda, I have always had a keen interest in land management and cultural heritage.
I have over 27 years experience in Aboriginal affairs, especially in areas of land, natural and cultural resource management, and community development and community capacity building and planning. I have particular expertise in engaging with Aboriginal communities to build relationships, plan native title negotiations and implement community development projects. My experience ranges across employment in Queensland, the Australian Public Service, not-for-profits in the community sector, and as a consultant.
I have a real passion for innovative projects that are Aboriginal community developed and owned. I believe that wealth creation and breaking the welfare chains are critical components. My work with the Aboriginal Carbon Fund meets exactly those aspirations and challenges.
0437 827 881 | barry-at-abcfund.com.au
Lauren Bowyer (community development officer)
I am a Yuku-Baja-Muliku woman from the Annan River/Archer Point area just south of Cooktown, I also have cultural ties to the Laura region through my Mother’s Mother.
I grew up in a remote mining camp north of Hope Vale known as Cape Flattery Silica Mine which is owned by the Mitsubishi Corporation.
In the past, I have had experience working as a Labourer, Employment Consultant, Assistant Nurse, Indigenous Ranger and Project Coordinator and I have had the privilege to sit on various boards such as the Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) for Cape York as well as the Cape York Turtle and Dugong Taskforce during its initial set up phase.
To date, I feel my greatest achievement has been writing the Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) for my family’s ranger program and being part of an Elder lead agreement, which implemented a moratorium of traditional hunting over our sea country to address the issues of the rapidly declining numbers of turtle and dugong as well as poaching.
My passion always has been and always will be Indigenous Land & Sea Management as well as Indigenous Women’s Empowerment.
I feel that, within my new role of Community Development Officer for the Aboriginal Carbon Fund, I will be able to satisfy my personal and professional goals and grow as an individual.
0477 181 076 | lauren-at-abcfund.com.au