Chair | Destination Perth
As a descendent of several tribal groups in the South West of WA, Walter is a Traditional Owner of Nyoongar Boodjar which includes the Whadjuk lands on which Perth City stands.
Walter is a strong advocate and example of self-determination. In 1998, he graduated university with a Bachelor of Applied Science (ACM DP) (Curtin). He also holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment (2015) and was a lecturer and mentor until he decided to work for himself as hard as he'd worked for others.
Walter is now owner/operator of the multi award winning tourism business - Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences - offering authentic experiences to visitors to Perth at a range of locations: Elizabeth Quay, Kings Park, Yagan Square and Rottnest Island.
As principal guide and traditional owner of Perth region, Walter is focused on providing world-class authentic cultural walking tours and experiences to local, interstate and international visitors alike.
With his tourism venture, Walter has literally made it his business to promote and help sustain Aboriginal culture through his city tours, cultural presentations and advisory service.
Darren ‘Capes’ Capewell
Vice Chair | Western Australia
Darren "Capes" Capewell is a proud and passionate descendant of the Nhanda and Malgana People of Gutharraguda (Shark Bay) situated in the Yamaji region of Western Australia.
Capes is proud of his homeland and his family, he loves sharing his knowledge, leading his tour guests across a cultural divide and helping them to connect with one of the most pristine areas on the planet.
Capes is the owner and operator of Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Cultural Adventures and conducts on country eco cultural experiences around Gutharraguda. As a descendant of the land's Traditional Custodians, Capes feels it is his duty to be an ambassador for both his people and his country.
Australia’s North West
Johani is a Yawuru, Karajarri, Bardi and Nyul Nyul man that was born and raised in the Broome area and runs Mabu Buru Tours, a cultural tourism business delivering four main products which are essentially nature and wildlife encounter experiences, and traditional dance performances. Each of these experiences also include cultural content which helps to build a better understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Mabu Buru Tours was originally formed because of our Johani’s passion for sharing culture and educating people about traditional way of life of the Kimberley people.
Clinton is a Ngarluma/Yindjibarndi man, whose traditional lands encompass the coastal and inland areas of the west Pilbara region such as the City of Karratha, Dampier Archipelago, Murujuga National Park and Millstream-Chichester National Park.
Clinton has spent his entire life learning from his Elders and family about the traditional ways of his people. As well as speaking Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi languages, he has also been initiated in his people's Aboriginal Law Ceremony (Birdarra) and is an active member in his cultural responsibilities of looking after his Ngurra (Country).
Kerry-Ann Winmar is the driving force behind Nyungar Tours, a Perth-based tourism business dedicated to providing both visitors and residents of Perth with an immersive cultural journey into the rich heritage of the Nyungar people, who are the traditional custodians of Western Australia's south-west. In 2018, Kerry-Ann founded Nyungar Tours, drawing upon her extensive 30-year involvement in the tourism industry. As a proud descendant of Whadjuk and Ballardong Country, her profound connection to the land and culture serves as a guiding force in her journey. Kerry-Ann is deeply committed to the preservation and sharing of her Nyungar heritage, ensuring that its significance is authentically communicated and celebrated.
Australia’s Golden Outback
Robyne is a Noongar woman born in Boddington and embarked on her professional journey within the WA Education Department. Residing in Esperance for the past three decades, Robyne has made significant contributions to the community.
Her entrepreneurial spirit shines through her successful ventures including the Kepa Kurl Gallery and the Lucky Bean Cafe at Cape Le Grand National Park. Robyne is channelling her passion into developing a retreat in Esperance.
With a passion for sharing her cultural knowledge, Robyne delights in connecting with tourists from around the world. Beyond her business ventures, Robyne has lent her expertise to numerous boards such as the Esperance District Education Council, Esperance Regional Tourism Association, Australia's Golden Outback Tourism, Esperance Community Arts, the Esperance Community Alliance Group, and Esperance Museum Village.
Australia’s South West
Les is CEO of Roelands Village (WKI - Woolkabunning Kiaka Incorporated) which is located 30km from Bunbury on 227 Hectares of land, with the Collie River as its Southern boundary.
Roelands Village is an excellent base for tourism and networks closely with other Aboriginal tourism operators throughout the region and beyond, to either source their content at the village and or collaborate and build tourism packages. Tourism products at Roelands include accommodation and hire of facilities, catering, presentations and village/property tours. They also provide and host cultural events and training programs.
Les has an extensive range of work experience including working out of Kununurra and the East Kimberley region for 5 years from 1981 to 1986 as a senior project officer working with both town and remote communities. He also worked as field operations manager and acting regional manager of the Geraldton office of ATSIC for 9 years prior to returning to Bunbury and working as Manager of the local CDEP for 2 years and manager of the Aboriginal unit of TAFE for 9 years prior to committing to his present role.
Roelands Village is also one of seven Aboriginal land holder groups that make up the members of the Noongar Land Enterprises that is working to establixh bush produce and other tourism opportunities.
Les has enjoyed all areas of his work and has gained many benefits, particularly the development of valuable people skills and contacts over the years. These contacts, working relationships and friendships established throughout WA have an ongoing positive impact and have created a strong network for much of his current work and for moving forward.
Australia’s Coral Coast
Charmaine Green was born at Eradu on Southern Yamaji Country and identifies with the Wajarri, Badimaya and Wilunyu Nhanagardi cultural groups of the Yamaji Nation. She is a visual artist, award winning poet ( Charmaine Papertalk Green) , community development practitioner and social sciences researcher Charmaine holds a Master of Arts in Indigenous Community Development and is currently undertaking PhD research studies with a focus on cultural knowledge production, transfer and exchange in Yamaji region.
Charmaine is a self taught visual artist and published poet who writes and paints about her country and culture. Charmaine has a strong sense of place linking her to country and likes to reflect this in her artwork and contemporary literature thaI explores her strong connection to her culture. A critically acclaimed and nationally recognised poet, Charmaine brings to the foreground her strong sense of self and cultural connectedness which shines through when delivering her message to the wider public and general audiences. Her strong belief in 'community has its own answer' see's her involved in several community based initiatives and research projects that lean towards building resilience and strength in her community. Having been an active board member of Yamaji Artfor over 20 years, Charmaine also believes that the Aboriginal Arts industry plays a significant role in cultural tourism in that they both share they both act as a conduit to 'sharing our stories'. Charmaine's knowledge of local Yamaji Culture and history has tour participants gaining a greater understanding of Jambinbirri (Geraldton), where we lift the narratives from under the concrete and bitumen and introduce the lands narratives.
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I grew up in WA loving everything about nature - from the bush to the beach and I’ve been fortunate to camp, live and work across Australia. I’ve spent the last 10 years on Boards and Committees that support sustainable community development including the Community Arts Network, Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund, Trillion Trees, Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Outdoors WA.
I have over 25 years experience working with Boards and their teams both here and overseas in start-ups, small, medium and $1bn+ organisations. In 2004, I completed my Bachelor of Business (Business Systems) at RMIT University including time in Vietnam on Globalisation in 2003. I completed my Master of Science (Sustainability) at Curtin University in 2011 - where I specialised in industrial ecology and developing sustainable communities that thrive by attracting people and investment to unique experiences, healthy regenerating natural systems and local places.