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Artist Development Manager
"Ina Meriba Wakai"- Producer/Presenter
Helen.V.Anu, born in Townsville is a Koey-Buwai, Samu Augud (Cassowary) and Sui-Baidham (Black-winged Stilt/Shark) Clan Woman of the Zei Gub (South West Winds) from the Western Torres Strait Islands. She was born and raised in and between Brisbane, Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands. Helen has been involved in the Arts from an early age. Helen completed her HSC in Newcastle and continued study at Tranby Aboriginal College, UNSW, and UWS to study BA in Communications.
Recently, Helen returned to Tranby and graduated with a Diploma in Community Development in Aboriginal Communities.
Helen co-established “Bibir TSI Song & Dance Group”, and has gained acknowledgement for her sensitive yet dynamic cultural portrayal of her culture, whether it be consulting or performing for many radio and video scores, as well as showcasing in “Bibir” original compositions. In 2004 Helen performed and represented Australia in the delegation to the 9th Festival of Pacific Arts in Belau, Palau Micronesia, in 2005 was co-writer and performer in “Intimate & Deadly” performing at Sydney Opera House. In 2008 Helen toured as a performer to Los Angeles and New York as part Tourism Australia's G'Day USA promotion. Helen has also co-produced the annual Yabun Festival in Sydney for 3years in Redfern, NSW. She has contributed to the Australia Council for the Arts Performing & Song ‘Protocols for Producing Indigenous Australian Music and Song’. Helen has performed voice work and singing for many diverse clients, audiences and venues, both corporate and community, Helen has performed extensively and work on Bangarra Dance Company in “Fish”, and “Corroboree”, for which she was nominated a “Deadly Vibe Music Award”. In 1997 Helen served on the Gadigal Board, and as Secretary of the Lagaw Kodo Mir Torres Strait Islander Cultural Resource Centre NSW 2006-09. Koori Radio 93.7FM listening audiences have been hearing Helen on the airwaves broadcasting the weekly TSI program “Ina Meriba Wakai”, which has been riding the Koori airwaves for the past 16 years.
Mark Ross (aka Munkimuk)
Production Manager (Radio)
"The Indigenous Hip-Hop Show" - Producer/Presenter
Born in Sydney, hailing from the mighty JARDWADJALI nation (Western Victoria)
Munkimuk has spent 15 years self employed recording and producing bands, promos, voice overs and soundtracks.
Munkimuk is also a facilitator and mentor with the Young, Black & Deadly Prorgam. (radio training and performance workshops)
He also Presents & Produces the “Indij Hip Hop Show” – that air nationally via the National Indigenous Radio Service and CRN-Community Radio Network.
He is an allround Performer, MC, musician, producer, sound engineer, graphic artist and break dancer, and a proud Rabbitohs supporters.
Gadigal Music - Project Manager
Michael was appointed to the position of Gadigal Music Projects Manager to oversee the record label, recording studio and an audio engineering training program that will run out of the studio. Michael has been involved with the Indigenous arts community for many years. He was recently employed by MusicNSW as their Indigenous Music Manager to coordinate the Whichway Indigenous music development program. As an event and concert producer he has produced past Yabun and Survival concerts as well as many other Indigenous cultural events. Michael was also employed by The Peats Ridge festival as Indigenous music coordinator from 2006 through to 2008. He was also a professional photographer and photo artist for over a decade and had many Indigenous clients. In the past Michael has also sung in bands and DJ’d in many clubs and hotels over the years.
Young Black & Deadly - Project Coordinator
Sydney saw the birth of Jodie Ann Treweek as known as Jodie Welsh, a proud young Murawari and Gamilaraay woman born and raised in the Redfern community. I am the Young, Black & Deadly Coordinator of Gadigal Information Service. I have had over 10 years experience in a range of administrative, project management and office operations for Aboriginal community organizations, government and the private sector. I have worked closely with Aboriginal youth while employed as the Aboriginal Senior Project Officer with the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Executive Assistant with the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. I have held the elected position of a Board Member of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council for 4 years, I am on the Board of the Koori Health and Fitness Corporation, a committee member of the Youth Corroboree and the Media Liaison Manager for the Midnight Basketball Association, Redfern. I have completed 3 years of the Bachelor of Community Management with Macquarie University. My proudest moments were in 2003 & 2008 which saw the births of my two beautiful daughters, Wirrindah and Tyra. This would indeed be my biggest accomplishment, being a proud mum of 2 girls and working while studying.
My hobbies are my children, taking them to their sports and activities but when I have spare time, I love to play basketball, hang out with mates and just have a big laugh. I love to listen to music but do not have a musical bone in me, I can’t sing or play any instruments but I love to dance. I am a proud Aboriginal woman.
Darrell is a Bard man from Lombadina situated on the Dampier Peninsula of the Kimberley coast, Western Australia. Darrell has lived and worked in Sydney since 1984.
Darrell has a 20 year history in arts management and production and has worked with such organisations as NAISDA – Student Liaison, AIDT – Tour manager, ATSIAB – Program Officer, NITV – Secretariat Administrator and Boomalli – Exhibitions Program Manager. He has also produced and directed Indigenous arts productions both nationally and internationally. He was Co-Producer on Yabun 2010.
Darrell believes that the arts are an inseparable part of Indigenous culture and knows that the arts are integral in the maintenance of Indigenous cultures. He is a strong advocate for the rights of Indigenous artists and has a keen interest in Indigenous Arts and Cultural Policy development.
Talent Development Coordinator
Miah is a descendent of the Gamilaroi and Dunghutti nations but grew up in Sydney’s inner west. After leaving school, she gained business and administrative skills before taking her first job at the Family Law Court. After two years, the pull of the media and arts world beckoned. Miah was fortunate to have a childhhood immersed in media and arts. Her family were involved in the establishment of Koori Radio and she spent many years as a broadcaster. At one time, she was the youngest broadcaster in Australia with a regular program.
Miah started work with Gavin Jones Communications in 2006 and took the skills and contacts that she gained as a child, into her own working career. At Vibe, she began working in front of house duties but quickly moved to being the Producer for Deadly Sounds, a nationally syndicated radio program. She also travelled extensively around Australia with The 3on3 Basketball Challenge and on a day to day basis, managed the Vibe magazine subscriptions and the Vibe Worker Site. In 2009, she co-ordinated The Shake and Break stage at Yabun. Miah also has experience in Modeling and TV and will make her debut in 2009 presenting and interviewing on NITV’s Living Strong.
Miah is a determined and enthusiastic young woman who is always willing to learn and committed to working with her own people and sees arts and media as a powerful tool do this.
Miah currently is the Talent Development Coordinator for Gadigal Information Service in the role of Producing the Yabun Festival 2011.
"BlackChat" - Producer/Presenter
Born in Sydney and raised in Sydney’s west on the home of the Darug people. Her Mother’s people are Murris from Goodooga in northwest NSW and also over the NSW/QLD border. Dad is part of the Stolen Generations and spent the bulk of his early life in Kinchela Boys Home. Dad’s family is from the Gamilaroi nation/language group.
Completed HSC in 1988 and also have a BA Communications (Journalism) from Charles Sturt Uni in Bathurst NSW
It always seems a long time I’ve been with Gadigal but I believe it’s about five years now as the Producer and Presenter of Koori Radio’s Blackchat program. Prior to that I was employed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a Researcher on the ABC TV program, Message Stick, a Producer of AWAYE! on ABC Radio National and Trainee Producer on the morning radio show at Bendigo in Victoria. Before that I worked in admin at Australia Post before becoming the company’s first Aboriginal person to take up its Indigenous Cadetship program. After the Cadetship I worked as a Communications Officer in the Sydney head office of Australia Post in Strawberry Hills. My radio career started off at Radio Redfern in 1987.
Absolutely no talent for anything (artistic) whatsoever! LOL - Or do you include line dancing here? If so, I’m a member of the Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern Line Dancers
My hobbies include: line dancing, reading, tracing my family tree and history.
Current Affairs Program Blackchat
"Our Yura" - Presenter
Marlene is the only Aboriginal female blues artist currently performing in Australia. She knows the Blues from an Aboriginal perspective after growing up in fringe camps on the outskirts of towns in outback Queensland when the so-called Aboriginal Protection Act was well in force. Aboriginal people were not treated as citizens until 1968 and as a result Marlene’s family were subject to oppressive conditions. As a child Marlene would sometimes wander off into the bush unbeknown to her family and find the largest dead log for her "stage" and perform on her own. Her father, Darcy Cummins, was a hard worker and a pioneer in fighting racial injustice. Marlene was raised with a strong awareness of grassroots politics and later in life became a member of the first and only Australian Black Panther Party. Like her father, Marlene sees music as a way to make the world a better place. Marlene has performed at major festivals in Australia, often with her son Leroy Cummins accompanying her on guitar. Marlene recently released an EP through WhichWay Up.
Acting Programming Manager
I originally come from the Torres Strait Islands, from the Kethawasi People from Darnley Island. I was born on Thursday Island, with the Kalau Lagau Ya people. I travelled down to Sydney in 1982 to join the Aboriginal/Islander Dance Theatre, now known as N.A.I.S.D.A.
In 1983, I was one of the first broadcasters on Radio Redfern, connected to Radio Skid Row 88.9FM at the Sydney University. I studied at University Technology Sydney, Communications in Journalism and basic Information Technology and Training Assessment. I completed a Music course at Aboriginal Music with Mark Bin Barker in Perth WA. I am a singer/songwriter. I play guitar, bass, percussion and drums. My greatest love is for all children. I have two girls and a boy and a Granddaughter. I look after my Niece and her two brothers and their friends. I also performed over seventy schools in NSW, teaching Torres Strait Island Culture. Before that, I assisted Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children in Primary Schools, with their Numeracy and Literacy difficulties.
Currently, I am the Breakfast Presenter on Koori Radio 93.7FM, from 7am – 9am Mon – Friday for Gadigal Information Service. I grew up and supported the Aboriginal community in Redfern and I am very proud to be back here on radio, where I first started.
Young, Black and Deadly - Trainer/Assessor
Miss Ashlee - Presenter
Ashlee is a Dunghutti woman originally from Kempsey and now living in Sydney since 1996. First and formost Ashlee is a proud mother of two children. Ashlee was formerly Gadigal's Community Development Officer for 6 years, and managed projects including Young Black & Deadly and Klub Koori's. Currenly her role at Gadigal is Trainer/Assessor of the Young, Black and Deadly (YBD) Radio Training Project, which requires her to assess the work done by High School aged students with the aim of completing a Certificate II in Broadcasting.
Ashlee is also a volunteer broadcaster with Koori Radio and has a weekly program called ‘Miss Ashlee'. Ashlee works part-time as the Black Out Violence Educator, at Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Corporation, and previously served as Director on the Board of their Management.
Ashlee is a graduate from Tranby College with a Diploma of Development Studies Aboriginal Communities and has a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education and Community Management from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In 2006 Ashlee was awarded the inaugural World Vision Indigenous Student Scholarship and the UTS Human Rights Award for Young, Black and Deadly.
Young Black & Deadly - Tuesday Presenter
Renee is a Descendent of Wagadagam, Mabuiag Island, Torres Strait/Kaanju, Cape York, North Queensland. Born in Brisbane, grew up in Inala in a family of 6 siblings (5 brothers and myself). Music, songs and dances were part of my life as I was growing up. In High School I got involved in extra curricular activities such as comtemporary indigenous dance, theatre plays and music. I was involved in the Wajun Dance Troupe from Glenala State High School, Inala and we performed at various festivals and school events. I also did part time modeling at fashion parades for NAIDOC, promotional gigs and 2001 Career Job Market Expo. I danced with a Hip Hop Dance Group "3BS" and to highlight few of our performances, we performed at 2001 - 2004 & 2007 Stylin’ Up festivals in Inala, NAIDOC events in Brisbane, Fringe Festival Brisbane, Harmony Day at Power House in New Farm, Bicentennial Celebrations in Cherbourg, Multicultural Day in Inala. I danced with Trick Nasty Crew at Stylin’ Up festival in 2005. I worked as an Art worker with the Laydeez Biz Project 2005 & 2007.
Currently residing in Sydney, NSW working for Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation and part time dancing for Blaqseedz and Brown Sugar contemporary dance groups.