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William Duffin: Kuranda, QLD


William is a local Aboriginal man from Kuranda in Queensland and has come on board recently with Mona Mona Aboriginal Corporation as one of the local Community Consultant Co-Researchers.An avid musician since the age of 15, William loves to get involved in any community events, gatherings and celebrations. His band get involved and run lots of fundraising events and gatherings on behalf of the local community.

Glenis Grogan: Cherbourg, QLD


Biography coming soon.

Denise Tranby​: Kuranda, QLD


My name is Denise Tranby I come from the small “Village in the Rainforest” called Kuranda, Far North Queensland.

My ancestors on my mother’s side are from Kuranda, we are the Djabugay people. I spent most of my childhood growing up into my teenage years in Kuranda. My father’s traditional country is Birrgubba which is in the Bowen Region (Qld) and Djirrbal in the Atherton Tableland Region (Qld).

My goal and aim is to implement positive strategies into the community, to our mob and other connected bodies within the community

Barbara Riley: Kuranda, QLD


Barbara was born and raised in the in the tropical rainforest town of Kuranda, which is located in far North Queensland. Barbara is a descendant of the Djabugay, Kuku Yalanji and that Mulurudji Tribe and a direct descendant of the late Maggie Donahue, Queen of the Djabugay Tribe. Barbara moved to Armidale, Northern New South Wales for a number of years before moving back to her hometown Kuranda. Wanting to be more active in her community, Barbara became involved in the National Empowerment Project.

Katherine Hams: Kuranda, QLD


Katherine Hams is an Indigenous Mental Health Professional and has worked as a teacher, counsellor and trainer. With more then eight years of management experience in mental health services, Katherine has extensive clinical experience, particularly in Aboriginal communities. Her interest include developing strong recognition and positive promotion of mental health, establishing a stronger link to holistic health, advising on providing culturally specific mental health services and supporting stronger linkages between state mental health services and community based and primary health care providers. Katherine is a member of the WA Mental Health Advisory council, Kimberley Aboriginal Mental Health Planning Forum.

Maria Grauner: Kuranda, QLD


Maria is an Aboriginal woman of the Djabugay and Western Kukuyalangi tribes of far North Queensland. Maria is a single mother of two beautiful daughters and a grandmother to four loving grandchildren.  Born in Mareeba, Queensland and living a childhood in Dimbulah, a small tobacco farming town west of Cairns. Maria's adult working life has been with both government and non-government organisations in positions helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Maria has recently reconnected with her mob in Kuranda and is currently involved with the delivery of the National Empowerment Program in the community.

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