Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) 2012 Review

Government Working Group, Review of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs appointed a Working Group of six people to undertake the 2012 Review of the ALRA. The Working Group members were:

Mr. Stephen Wright, Registrar of the ALRA
Mr. Geoff Scott, Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council
Mr. Sean Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
Ms. Stacey Meredith, Ngiyampaa Aboriginal Owner for Mount Grenfell and a member of a Local Aboriginal Land Council
Dr. Richard Sheldrake, Director General of the Department of Primary Industries (and Ms. Renata Brooks, Deputy Director General, Catchment and Lands, Department of Primary Industries)
Ms. Kristy Masella, Group Manager, Social Justice, Office of Aboriginal Affairs

Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright has been the Registrar of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) since 1998. He heads the Office of the Registrar, which is one of the key bodies exercising administrative oversight of the ALRA (NSW). The role of Registrar has existed since the beginning of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW). Since amendments to the Act in 2002 the Registrar has been an independent statutory office holder. Stephen was previously the Manager of the Land Rights Unit at the NSWALC, from 1990 to 1998. He is a graduate in politics and legal studies from Macquarie University and is a trained mediator.

Steve Wright

Geoff Scott

Geoff Scott is the Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council. Geoff is a Wiradjuri man from the Dubbo region. He was previously the Director General of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (NSW) and has over twenty five years experience working in Indigenous policy in the state and commonwealth public services. The NSWALC is the peak representative body in Aboriginal Affairs in NSW.

Geoff Scott

Sean Gordon

Sean Gordon is a Barkintji/Wangamara man who grew up in Brewarrina, Western NSW. Sean is the CEO of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, a position he has held since October 2008. Sean holds a Bachelor Degree in Education (Adult Education) from the University of Technology (Syd) in addition to being a licensed builder. Sean has a strong commitment to facilitating Aboriginal economic development, employment and education.

Sean Gordon

Stacey Meredith

Stacey Meredith is a Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan woman who is one of the registered Aboriginal Owners of Mount Grenfall near Cobar in far western NSW. She is the CEO of the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service with whom she has worked for the past eleven years. Stacey has a diploma in Health Sciences from the University of Sydney.

Stacey Meredith

Dr. Richard Sheldrake

Dr Richard Sheldrake is the Director General of the Department of Primary Industries (NSW), a position he was appointed to in 2011. Prior to this, Dr Sheldrake has headed a number of NSW Government departments since first being appointed Director General of Agriculture in 2002. He has also held a range of senior roles including Commissioner of the Murray Darling Basin Commission (2003-2009). Richard holds degrees in Agricultural Science from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the University of Newcastle. Dr Sheldrake is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. The Department of Primary Industries plays a key role in the land claims process as the body responsible for recommending to the relevant Ministers whether land is claimable under the ALRA.

Richard Sheldrake

Renata Brooks

Ms Renata Brooks is the Deputy Director General, Catchments and Lands in the Department of Primary Industries, with responsibility for the NSW crown land estate, delivery of natural resource management programs, particularly through the Catchment Management Authorities, the Soil Conservation Service and coordination of regional services across Department of Primary Industries. She has previously held senior executive positions within the Department of Primary Industries in the areas of Science & Research, Agriculture, Fisheries, Biosecurity and Compliance & Mine Safety. Renata holds qualifications in veterinary science and in bioethics from the University of Sydney and the University of Technology (Syd).

Renata Brooks

Kristy Masella

Kristy Masella is the Group Manager of Social Justice with Aboriginal Affairs NSW. She is a Murri originally from Rockhampton in Queensland and was the former CEO of Tranby Aboriginal College. She has worked in senior management positions in government and community organisations in both NSW and Queensland. Kristy holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Queensland and is currently completing her Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy at UNSW. The Office of Aboriginal Affairs administers the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) on behalf of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

Kristy Masella