Current Committee members
Mr Victor Perry (Chair)
Victor is a member of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee (ACHAC), appointed under Section 2(d)(ii) of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. He has been the Chair of ACHAC in previous terms on the committee, was one the first members of ACHAC when it was established in 2006.
Victor identifies as a Wonnarua man from the Hunter Valley. He is also a board member of the Madoo Land Fund and Upper Hunter Wonnarua Council.
Victor runs the Junburra Aboriginal Consultancy Services, and works with the Upper Hunter Skills Development Centre and other Upper Hunter organisations.
Victor has undertaken cultural heritage surveys, management of lands, and consultation with developers, mining companies and government departments, as well as producing cultural heritage training programs for the mining and private industry. He is party to an Indigenous Land Use Agreement and is a Registered Native Title Claimant in the Hunter Valley.
Mrs Glenda Chalker (Deputy Chair)
Glenda is a member of ACHAC, appointed under Section 2(d)(ii) and (iii) of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. Glenda is one of the original members appointed to ACHAC when it was established in 2006.
Glenda is a Dharawal woman of the Cubbitch Barta Clan. Glenda is passionate about cultural heritage and is party to a registered Indigenous Land Use Agreement and part of the Cubbitch Barta Native Title Claimant process.
Glenda is Deputy Chairperson of the Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council, a member of the National Parks and Wildlife Sydney Metropolitan South Regional Advisory Committee, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee and Aboriginal Advisory Group, and is the Chairperson of the Cubbitch Barta Native Title Claimants Aboriginal Organisation.
Glenda understands the stories and material culture of the Dharawal area. She knows the importance of heritage to Aboriginal people and future generations and the threats to cultural heritage conservation faced by increasing residential development.
Mr Ian Woods
Ian is a member of ACHAC, appointed under Section 2(d)(i) of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. Ian has also been a member of ACHAC since 2009.
Ian is a Wiradjuri man from Hay and has been the CEO of the Hay Local Aboriginal Land Council for over 25 years. He is also the founding Chair of the Nari Nari Tribal Council, a member of the Nimmie Caira Advisory Committee, Murray Lower Darling Indigenous Nations Group, Mawambul Co-Management Group and participates in the annual Indigenous Areas Managers meeting.
Ian has worked in many heritage roles including site identification and protection projects, arranging Aboriginal cultural heritage celebrations, consulted with local councils, National Parks and Wildlife, landowners, government agencies and developers.
Ian is passionate about Aboriginal cultural heritage and is proactively involved in developments and compliance issues where sites are being destroyed. This is Ian's second term on ACHAC and his goal is to see Aboriginal people making decisions about the law and protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage, to ensure people are reconnecting and identifying with Country, language and their culture.
Mr Robin Heath
Robin is a member of ACHAC, appointed under Section 2d(i) and (iii) of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. Robin has been a member of ACHAC since it was established in 2006.
Robin is from Gumbaynggirr Country and has been involved in the Dorrigo Local Aboriginal Land Council for over 20 years.
As the CEO of Dorrigo Land Council, Robin and his community have successfully claimed land under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983. He is a member of the North Coast National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Committee, Warrali Board, Regional Partnerships Agreement - Local Decision Making and the Gumbaynggirr Nation.
Robin's work at the Dorrigo Local Aboriginal Land Council marks some of his key achievements where Aboriginal cultural heritage values were identified. The identification of the Aboriginal heritage allowed for protection outcomes for heritage and the creation of site officer positions to ensure the continued identification and protection of Aboriginal culture and heritage.
Ms Sharon Hodgetts
Sharon is a member of ACHAC, appointed under Section 2(d)(iii)of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
Sharon is a Wiradjuri/Wangaaypuwan woman. She is the Senior Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer for Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council and a member of the Australian Archaeological Association, National Parks and Wildlife Service - Central Coast Hunter Regional Advisory Committee, Mingaletta Aboriginal Torres Straits Islander Corporation and Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) Indigenous Liaison Officer.
Sharon is passionate about Aboriginal heritage and culture. Through her roles and memberships, she is well respected for her knowledge of stories, material culture and the impacts and threats to Aboriginal cultural heritage currently posed through mining and other development.
Ms Queenie Speeding
Queenie is a member of ACHAC, appointed under Section 2 (d)(ii) of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
Queenie is a Githabal woman from North Coast NSW, is part of the Widjabul-Wia-bal Native Title claim group and a member of the Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council Board of Directors.
Queenie understands the importance of leadership and being active in her community to preserve cultural heritage, stories, language and other expressions from further loss.
Mrs Iris White
Iris is a member of ACHAC, appointed under Section 2 (d) (iii) of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
Iris is a Yuin woman from the South Coast, connected to the Gulaga and Biamanga areas, and also associated with the Ngarigo on the Monaro Plains.
Iris has represented community interests at a local, state and national level. Iris is a board member and chairperson of the Gulaga National Park Joint Board of Management, a member on the Southern Rivers CMA Board and the Regional Communities Consultative Council, and Director of the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT Pty Ltd.
Iris has negotiated for the hand-back and joint management of significant Aboriginal landmarks and is passionate about improving the integrity and processes for protecting Aboriginal culture.
Mr James Williams
James is a member of ACHAC, appointed under Section 2(d)(i) of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
James is a Wiradjuri man from Orange. He is a member of the Gunni Thakun Cultural Association, National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Committee - Western Rivers Region, Orange and Bathurst Local Land Council and Wiradjuri Elders Group. James works in providing family and community services in his local area.
James understands the effects of dislocation and destruction of cultural heritage, and is aware of the need and importance of stories, language, songs and material culture of the area for Aboriginal people to strengthen their identity and culture.
Dr Raymond Kelly
Ray is a member of ACHAC, nominated by the Heritage Council of New South Wales, and appointed under Section 2(b) of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
Ray is a Dunghutti man from the mid north coast of NSW. He was awarded a doctorate from the University of Newcastle for his study of Aboriginal languages. He is a member of the Heritage Council of New South Wales and has been involved in Aboriginal community development and cultural heritage for over 30 years.
Ms Natalie Rotumah
Natalie is a member of ACHAC, nominated by the Native Title Services Corporation Limited (NTSCORP), and appointed under Section 2(c) of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
Natalie is a Bundjalung woman originally from South Tweed Heads and has worked for NTSCorp since 2002. Prior to that, Natalie served as a NSW Aboriginal Land Council Regional Chair and representative on the NSW Natural Resources Advisory Committee and is currently Deputy Chair of the NSW Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council.
Mr Peter Smith
Peter is a member of ACHAC, nominated by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, and is appointed under Section 2(a) of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
Peter is a Dunghutti man originally from Kempsey and sits on the board of Dunghutti Elders. He also has Gumbaynggirr and Wiradjuri connections through both of his grandmothers.
Peter is a member and former Chair of the Purfleet-Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council. He has worked in the Taree region of NSW for over three decades in Aboriginal affairs, policing and regional health services.
Mrs Maureen O'Donnell (Alternate member)
Maureen is a member of ACHAC, appointed under Section 6 of Schedule 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. Maureen was appointed to ACHAC when it was established in 2006.
Maureen is a Wijakali Elder with cultural connections to Mutawintji National Park, Wilcannia, Broken Hill and Poolamacca station in the far west of NSW. She is a registered Aboriginal Owner with links to the Mutawintji National Park and works closely with the community through her involvement as a board/committee member with:
- Aboriginal Legal Service
- Broken Hill Local Aboriginal Land Council
- Mutawintji Board of Management
- NSW Police and Corrective Services
- Maari Maa Aboriginal Health Corporation
- Far West Local Health District
- Broken Hill Aboriginal Community Working Party
- National Parks and Wildlife Service Far West Region Advisory Committee.
Maureen is experienced in dealing with complex heritage and social issues between government agencies and Aboriginal communities. She has developed, implemented and maintained policies to assist traditional owners in land management.