Inner Sydney

Local Leadership

Jawun works with local Indigenous leaders to help determine priorities for the Inner Sydney region.

  • Shane Phillips

    CEO, Tribal Warrior Association

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    Shane Phillips is considered one of the key leaders of the Redfern Aboriginal community.  Shane is currently the CEO of the Tribal Warrior Association and Co-Chair of the Inner Sydney Empowered Communities and is also a life member of the Redfern All Blacks Rugby League Club, co-ordinator of the monthly “Family Day” on The Block, and has actively fought the battle to rid The Block of drugs.

    Born and raised on the area known as The Block, Shane was the official spokesperson for the community amid the “Redfern riots” which took place in 2004 after the unfortunate death of a teenager, alleged at the hands of the police. Through the Tribal Warrior Association, Shane has implemented the successful Clean Slate Without Prejudice mentoring program to provide improved outcomes for Redfern youth through family support community development.

    In September 2010 Shane was awarded a “Deadly Award for Contribution to Cultural Advancement”. Shane was given the “Australia’s Local Hero 2013” award at the Australian of the Year ceremony on 26 January 2013.

  • Chris Ingrey

    Senior Manager, Office of the Registrar, Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW)

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    Chris Ingrey is of Dhungutti and Dharawal descent and is from the La Perouse Aboriginal community, Sydney. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Inner Sydney Empowered Communities and Director of Eastern Zone Gujaga Aboriginal Corporation. Chris was previously the Chief Executive Officer (2011 – 2017) and Director (2007 – 2011) of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council. During that time, La Perouse LALC played a major role in enhancing the community’s governance and leadership, with a focus on engaging young people. Chris has led significant reforms to the governance and economic development of the La Perouse Aboriginal community. This has included developing the Empowered Communities initiative and restructuring the La Perouse Aboriginal Alliance Group to better suit the needs of the community and focus.

    Chris is currently employed with the Office of the Registrar, Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) and was previously employed in the NSW Governments Environmental Department and at Qantas.