Goulburn Murray

Local Leadership

Jawun works closely with local Indigenous leaders to prioritise the allocation of secondees into the Goulburn Murray region.

  • Paul Briggs OAM

    Executive Chair, Kaiela Institute

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    Paul Briggs is a Yorta Yorta man based in Shepparton with a wealth of experience in Aboriginal community development. He grew up on the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Mission within a strong family environment.

    Paul has been at the forefront of Aboriginal peoples rights and advancement since the early 1970s. He is well known for his role as the founding president of the Rumbalara Football Netball Club (RFNC), a position he has held since 1988. RFNC is an Indigenous sporting organisation that provides sporting, recreational and social opportunities while addressing the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of its players and community members. Paul is also founding Chair of First Nations Foundation and First Nations Credit Union Australia, which offer Indigenous people national access to financial services.

    Paul’s vision of using sport to engage Indigenous youth in education resulted in the establishment of the highly successful Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE) in 2004, as well as the Rumba Ripples Employment Program.

    Paul is Executive Chair of the Kaiela Institute, which has built partnerships with all levels of government, the private sector, and philanthropic organisations to collaborate in building an inclusive future for Aboriginal people of the Goulburn Valley.

    Paul has also been awarded an Order of Australia (OAE) for his services to his community and to broader Australia.

  • Felicia Dean

    CEO, Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative

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    Felicia Dean is a proud Yorta Yorta woman born and raised in the traditional area and is a mother to two daughters and a grandmother of three.

    Felicia has a diploma in Teaching, a Bachelor of Education and an Advanced Diploma of Business management. She is heavily involved in her local community, previously held the role of Regional Co-Ordinator of Empowered Communities and also sits on Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Boards.

    In 2018, Felicia launched her own small business The Connection Shepparton, a multi-purpose Conference, Restaurant, and Café business set in bushland

    Felicia is currently the CEO of Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative