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.
Roberta presents and produces for the 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 the 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 studios, 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's 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.
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, while 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.
Growing up in Bendigo, Nick took a keen interest in football and, after a decade as a professional musician in Melbourne, he moved to the Territory in 2014 to be the AFLNT’s Remote Development Manager, firstly in Galiwin’ku and then Yirrkala.
At Galiwin’ku, Nick helped grow the Galiwin’ku Football League, including increasing the men’s league to twelve teams, and helping start the women’s and the junior league. For a community of 2200 people, this gave the Galiwin’ku Football League one of the biggest participation rates in the country.
Nick also found the time to host the Yolŋu Radio Footy Show and commentate on the match of the week in the Gove AFL, which led to a move to Darwin to produce and host a sports show on local station MIX 104FM and commentate on Channel 7’s Northern Territory Football League coverage. He also co-hosts the popular “Holmes and Away” podcast with former AFLW star and TV host Abbey Holmes.
Now, he’s back in northeast Arnhem Land, working with Yolŋu Radio and closely following the Gove AFL, looking to discover the next AFL and AFLW stars.
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 Yolŋu 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.
Jorja works across the board at ARDS. Providing executive direction and support to the project management team and the ARDS Board of Directors.
Jorja has background in nursing studies and has just completed a Bachelor of Health Science.
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.
I did most of my growing up between North-east Arnhem Land, and Melbourne. I am particularly interested in Indigenous language maintenance and revitalisation, and how to translate the complex ideas that may be unique to one language and cultural system. It is a great priviledge to work at ARDS on projects designed by Yolŋu for Yolŋu. It is a great privilege to work alongside such teachers.”
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) Awards 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.
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 seven 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.