Posted on 11 December, 2018

Meet Ali

Meet Ali

Project Officer, Creative Services
Ali Azzopardi

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.

My role at ARDS is a varied role. I am Project Officer for Creative Services in Nhulunbuy. I am a support person for Yolngu radio and the strong voice of Arnhem land that the radio represents, daily supporting our Yolngu presenters and their amazing strong voices and messages spreading across Arnhem land, and working so closely with our incredible Yolngu elders and Language workers.

My most passionate role with ARDS is as Project Manager of Outback Spirit Tours, coordinating Welcome to Country Ceremonies and Women's Healing and Bush Medicine presentations to the many Tourists who come to see Arnhem land and its incredible culture each year.

I love working with this team at ARDS, it is so full of creative, passionate, deeply respectful of Indigenous Culture and Language kind of people, it is a place and work that matters.

For many years now, in my previous experience, I have held the role as Women's Coordinator at the Garma Festival. I am passionate about working within community, bringing to life the colourful and beautiful Arts and Cultural Women's Activities, and Coordinating the Women's Healing Place Dilthan Yolngunha at Garma, one of the biggest Indigenous forums across Australia. My other previous role was running an op shop and a cafe as women's Activity leader for MEP.

For me, It is a deep privilege to work so closely with Yolngu people and my kinship familiies. ARDS is a great place to work, enabling all of us as a Team to continue our work to bring positive change, pride and purpose to Indigenous Communities. 

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