We have a dynamic, talented and dedicated team working across our cross-cultural facilitation, language and multimedia work as well as ensuring quality programming and broadcast of Yolŋu Radio. Our Nhulunbuy and Darwin office provide invaluable support.
Johanna has worked in a range of roles within the context of Indigenous community development. Prior to commencing with ARDS as CEO, she worked with BHP Iron Ore and was responsible for supporting the Indigenous Employment strategy, including the design and implementation of the Indigenous mentoring program and other organisational capacity building programs.
Previously, she worked in a range of roles in Arnhem Land including community and government leadership roles.
Roberta presents and produces for Burwu Show; she has also works as a sound recordist and camera operator for film projects.
Jean is from Birritjimi, and works as a presenter with Burwu Show, encouraging and supporting a lot of the behind the scenes work. Jean particularly enjoys recording stories from the homelands and presenting for outside broadcasts.
Larry has been leading trips to homelands schools, getting radio stories and running music workshops with the kids. At Gayŋuru studio's, Larry does session work as a keyboardist, singer and songwriter. He has been involved with, the Gälpu Manikay album for the Buliaŋu Songline, Bärra West Wind's Gawurr Yothu Yindi Gospel album, as well as song writing on the Djamakuli Album.
Andrew works as the Producer for Yolŋu Radio. Based in Yirrkala, he has been encouraging and building the radio team, developing new radio shows and supporting studio activities at Gayŋuru in Nhulunbuy.
My name is Ali and I have lived in Arnhem land for over 7 years, originally from Byron Bay, Northern NSW.
My passion to work alongside Indigenous people and their traditional healing practices is what brought me here to Arnhem Land, and keeps me here.
I love working with ARDS as it enables me to pursue empowering community development Projects, and to continue my work in supporting and strengthening Yolngu people in their world, on their beautiful sacred country.
I have lived in Nhulunbuy for the past 20 years but have resided in Cairns QLD and Darwin, NT most of my adult life where I was working in HR roles within the health industry. I had previously worked at Miwatj health and coached girls school soccer teams from Milimgimbi which sparked my interest in assisting the younger generation of Yolngu understand the western world but still stay true and strong to their culture. I am very proud to be a part of Yolngu Radio as this is a platform for Yolngu to showcase their creativity and communicate their sacred and beautiful culture to communities and the world.
Jamie’s work includes cross-cultural facilitation, education, professional development and mentoring within and outside the organisation.
I’m passionate about the work of ARDS because we’re working to redress the frequent miscommunication and misunderstanding and subsequent disempowerment of Aboriginal people in remote areas.
It is a deep privilege to work closely with Aboriginal peoples, in a role that sees their worldviews and knowledge as being crucial to more effective conversations about the things that impact their lives.
I’m interested in the challenge of communicating between cultures and what it reveals about our assumptions and understanding of the world. I think we all have a lot to learn about ourselves and about others from thoughtful and respectful engagement with other languages and ideas. I’m excited to be able to work on projects that aim to put that into practice.
I have worked as a commercial lawyer in Melbourne and a criminal lawyer in Darwin and East Arnhem Land, especially working with Yolngu and Warnindilyakwa people. I have also studied linguistics and I want to keep learning about Aboriginal languages and how language is used in the Australian legal system.
I have been always interested in the different cultural heritages of the World.I was born in Europe and was studying philosophy, anthropology and religion, also developing educational websites about Australian Aboriginal Culture. The Yolŋu languages, history, music and arts have been my passion for many years, especially the yiḏaki, that brought me to Australia. I am doing my diploma in Yolŋu Studies at CDU. It is a privilege to be with ARDS, the greatest opportunity for me to work together with the experienced Team and the Indigenous people of this unique Land.
Jorja provides executive support to our CEO and the ARDS team. She has background in nursing and is passionate about health equality. She is currently studying Health Science at Charles Darwin University with the hope to become part of the cross-cultural facilitator team upon graduating.
Joy Bulkanhawuy is senior Djambarrpuyŋu person and a highly-skilled and experienced cross-cultural facilitator and educator.
Bulkanhawuy has worked with ARDS for many years, supporting two-way learning and cross-cultural communication, particularly in the area of health. Bulkanhawuy most recently co-wrote and co-produced Dhukarr Muḻkurrgu Gunŋga'yunaraw (Pathways in Mental Health) – an educational DVD that supports learning and development within the Indigenous mental health sector.
My name is Salome and I’m pleased to come back to ARDS after a break of about 12 years. I did most of my growing up between North-east Arnhem Land, and Melbourne. I have worked at Indigenous Language Centres in Katherine and Ngukurr, where we focussed on documenting and revitalising the local endangered languages, and translation projects into the lingua franca, Kriol. Other experience includes working for AIATSIS and the University of Melbourne on language documentation projects, and at Batchelor as a lecturer in linguistics.
My interest in working for ARDS is that I get to do language work as part of a great team, learning, teaching, and working with some languages of my heart, Yol\u languages.
I am excited about working alongside Indigenous language workers and other energetic staff members. My ARDS colleagues have skills and knowledge in the Yolŋu and Balanda worlds, and I have plenty to learn from our team and from others in this field! The language component of all ARDS projects is vital, and I enjoy strengthening our work with Indigenous language’s.
We are wanting to find ways of sharing language, to keep our languages strong. Yolŋu language is not the only language that has these needs, we are part of something bigger in strengthening other languages too. Our languages are the first languages of this nation, all around Australia
Napurr ga djälthirr ARDS djämamirr mala ŋayi dhu ga ḏäl ŋorra dhukarr marŋgikunharaw dhärukku mala. Yaka yan Yolŋu Matha, wiripu wiripu Dhäruk mala, napurr dhu ḏälkum. Dhäruktja napurruŋ dhuwal ŋurruŋu dhiyal makarr-yindiŋur wäŋaŋur Australia-ŋur buku-ḻiw’maram
Sylvia works in the multimedia department at ARDS. Her 2015 ARDS production, ‘Bulunu Milkarri’ won ‘Best Language Film’ at ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Canada. Sylvia speaks and reads Djambarrpuyŋu and is a confident studio operator. She also presents a weekly ‘Dhawu-dhawu’ program in Yolŋu language which won the 2016 Best New Radio Talk Show at the Community Broadcasting Assoc, of Australia (CBAA) conference in Melbourne.
Andrew Galitju Burarrwaŋa
Galitju is a senior elder within the Gumatj Clan Nation(s) and is well-versed in the traditions and cultural practices of Yolŋu people. He has a long history of working with ARDS as a Yolŋu consultant over a number of projects, particularly the recording of Gurraŋay dhäruk (words/stories) and manikay (songs). He is strongly committed to helping younger persons and future generations to learn about Yolŋu systems of knowledge and use this to build their lives and futures on firm foundations.
James Wapiriny Gurruwiwi
Wapiriny is an Indigenous consultant from Galiwin’ku with extensive local government experience in Arnhem Land contexts. His depth of cultural knowledge about traditional Yolŋu systems of management has been utilised in many ARDS education projects and radio programs.
Gaia has worked as the radio manager in Nhulunbuy, based at Gayŋuru Studios. Her passion for creative community development and media drives her through building the capacity of the team for excellent outcomes in the delivery of Yolŋu Radio, event and music production services and other projects that contribute to the aims and objectives of ARDS.
" I strongly believe in the power of creative arts and community media to affect positive change in communities. Combine that with the ARDS methodology of working with people through language, culture and worldview and incredible things happen.
Ben has a long history working Central Australia, working in creative arts, education, screen and media production. Ben has taught creative media and screen production for 7 years at Charles Darwin University and is now very happy to be producing films with Yolŋu people.
I love documentary filmmaking. Yolŋu people have such wonderful stories to share. Making films to share these stories is very a rewarding creative venture.
Sarah has a particular flair for assessing her clients’ business needs and providing recommendations that maximise opportunities for them.
In some cases, she actually manages the client’s finance department – a unique and quite privileged position because it requires a deep understanding of the business and its culture.
She has worked across multiple accounting software platforms, including clients’ customised software. She also understands governance practices and has been involved in the appointment of board members to a number of non-profit organisations.
Yolande is a Senior Bookkeeper for Nexia Edwards Marshall.
She been a bookkeeper for the past 28 years in various industries in the Southern States. Yolande moved to Darwin in November 2017 after she did a tour of Kakadu and fell in love with the NT.
Donna is a highly experienced bookkeeper who has a long history working in the finance and accounting industry. Donna enjoys the busy nature of the business and is someone who is always keen to learn and take on new challenges.