Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong

Local Leadership

Jawun  works closely with key leaders from the Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong region.

  • Derek Walker

    Chief Advisor, Ngopamuldi Aboriginal Corporation

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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 several 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.

  • Professor Daryle Rigney Jnr

    Director of Indigenous Nation Building, Jumbunna Institute, UTS

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    Daryle is a citizen of the Ngarrindjeri Nation of the Lower River Murray, Coorong, Lakes 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 co-chairs the United League of Indigenous Nations (ULIN) and is a Director of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI). Daryle is the Director of Indigenous Nation Building, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research at University of Technology Sydney and in 2013 Daryle was acknowledged as NAIDOC South Australian Aboriginal person of the year.

  • Major Sumner 'Uncle Moogy'

    CEO, Darpung Talkinyeri

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    Major Moogy Sumner, known affectionately as Uncle Moogy, is a Ngarrindjeri Elder and Medicine Man who will discuss the Traditional Ways of the Ngarrindjeri People and the importance of our connection to the land. Uncle Moogy understands the importance of preserving and passing on his culture. He believes that teaching people to look at their culture and their past helps them feel the spirit within. He works to preserve his culture by passing on the teachings and stories of his people.

    In 2010 Australia was facing the worst drought in recorded history. At the end of the river in the Coorong, Ngarrindjeri Elder Uncle Moogy grew tired of watching his ancestral home die, and so united a group of different Aboriginal River Nations in a 2300-kilometre pilgrimage to dance the spirit back into the river and into themselves. By the time they had finished the drought had broken and what followed was the wettest season in living memory with floods throughout the basin.

    Although his work in this field has been given little recognition in Australia, Major Sumner, affectionately known as Uncle Moogy has earned great respect from other martial arts masters from around the world and Uncle Moogy is widely acknowledged as the Grand Master of Traditional Australian Native Martial Arts.

  • Kevin Kropinyeri Jr.

    Executive Officer, Kuti Co

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    Kevin is a proud Ngarrindjeri man who lives and works in Raukkan, 2 hours southeast of Adelaide. For the past five years, he has managed a native plant nursery involving large revegetation projects throughout the region and delivers commercial contracts around the state. As well as running the nursery, Kevin also coordinates a nationwide program; ‘Working on Country’ project, which employs Aboriginal people around the country involved in conservation and land management. More recently Kevin has been instrumental in leading the development of the Wildflower farm initiative and Kuti Co development. Kevin is also a past Jawun Emerging Leader.

  • Evelyn Walker

    Managing Director, Walkinjeri Service

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    Evelyn Walker is a descendant of the following South Australia Groups Barngarla, Wirangu, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna, Ngadjuri and Narrunga. Her first roles were working with the South Australian state government in Aboriginal Health, Education, Children Youth & Family Services, South Australian Police, Aboriginal Legal Rights and Aboriginal Family Violence. Evelyn wanted to upskill community and grow her career, and was inspired while working at Aboriginal Legal Rights, to join Ngopamuldi Aboriginal Corporation in 2013. Here she had the opportunity to advance her career by working up to become Ngopamuldi’s Business Manager and become business owner of Walkinjeri Services. Evelyn is a member of the Jawun Stories of Female Leadership Network.

  • Stevie Sumner

    CEO, Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service

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    As CEO of Moorundi Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, Steven Sumner is responsible for maintaining & supporting the strategic vision of the organisation. Steven started his time at Moorundi ACCHS in 2017, at a time where the organisation needed fast paced & effective growth, his direction lead to significant increase in staff numbers, programs available for Community, net worth & financial support for the organisation. Steven has been responsible for developing a foundation that will enable the organisation to thrive. His personable, compassionate approach to building the organisation up to a strong & financially viable position is derived from his passion for Ngarrindjeri Country & community. Steven projects his passion for Ngarrindjeri country & Ngarrindjeri people in his actions which encourages his staff & contributing stakeholders to do the same.