Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong

Local Leadership

Jawun works closely with Chairperson Eunice Aston and Chief Executive Officer Clyde Rigney Jnr, of the Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.

  • Eunice Aston

    Chairperson, Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

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    Eunice is a Ngarrindjeri woman with traditional ties to all communities within the Ngarrindjeri Nation, spanning the Hills, Mallee, Coorong, Southern Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island areas. She has lived, worked and is associated within these communities, as well as Adelaide and Kingston in the south-east of South Australia.

    Eunice has spent most of her life working within the health domain, particularly with the Family Wellbeing Program (counselling skills), Kalparrin Community Inc (substance misuse programs), Aboriginal Education, and Aboriginal Community Health.

    Eunice has extensive knowledge and experience when engaging with Aboriginal people and country, including the necessary skills to maintain respect, honesty, integrity and confidentiality. This has been developed through a broad range of representative positions within Aboriginal community controlled services, Aboriginal health services within the mainstream system, and state-wide or national Aboriginal advisory boards.

    In addition to being the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority Chairperson, Eunice also runs Ninkowar Inc, a community led support service supporting other Ngarrindjeri women.

  • Clyde Rigney Jnr

    Chief Executive Officer, Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

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    Clyde is a proud Ngarrindjeri man from the Ngarrindjeri Nation on Ngarrindjeri Yarluwar Ruwe (lands and waters), the Murray River, Lower Lakes and the Coorong. Clyde aspires to see his nation remain Ngarrindjeri and is committed to the survival of his culture, customs and traditions, a role which he practices daily by teaching his three children.

    He aspires to see Ngarrindjeri sustain, grow, strengthen and prosper, to say who they are, to maintain their connection to country and culture, and to reinforce their place in contemporary Australia.

    Clyde has been working in Aboriginal community development for more than 20 years, mostly in his home community. He has served across many roles and sectors, including youth work, education, employment and training and business development. Over the years he has also been active in governance serving on many boards for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal organisations and companies.

    Clyde is currently the CEO of the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority.

  • Derek Walker

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    Derek Walker currently resides at Murray Bridge in South Australia, although Raukkan has always been his home. Raukkan is a small Indigenous community situated on the shore of Lake Alexandrina, southeast of Adelaide.

    Derek has worked at Raukkan for a number of years in a variety of roles including community development, building and resource management. He is strongly focused on providing opportunity for employment and training and development amongst his community.

    He is a strong advocate for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people coming together to share a greater understanding of how to work collaboratively together.

  • Luke Trevorrow

    Chief Operating Officer, Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Contracting

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    Luke is a proud Ngarrindjeri man from the Ngarrindjeri Nation.

    He is passionate about job creation within the community and is equally passionate around cultural heritage, native title and ensuring he is proactively assisting the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority with strategic direction for the future.

    Luke has extensive knowledge and experience engaging with Aboriginal people and country, as well as building relationships with Government and Non-Government bodies.  He holds the necessary skills to maintain respect, honesty, integrity and community engagement.

  • Professor Daryle Rigney Jnr

    Chair Ngarrindjeri Enterprises Ptl Ltd

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    Daryle is a citizen of the Ngarrindjeri Nation of the Lower River Murray, Lakes & Coorong and Southern Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. For many years he has worked on nation-building with Ngarrindjeri leaders and the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority. Daryle’s research interests include Indigenous governance and nation building., cultural heritage and cultural property, natural resource management, local, national and global Indigenous engagement, collaboration and alliances, and international political and educational relationships between Indigenous nations and the (Indigenous) higher education sector.

    Daryle chairs Ngarrindjeri Enterprises Pty Ltd (NEPL) the economic development company of the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority (NRA), co-chairs the NRA’s Research, Policy and Planning Unit, co-chairs the United League of Indigenous Nations (ULIN) and is a Director of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI). In 2013, Daryle was acknowledged as NAIDOC South Australian Aboriginal person of the year.