John (he/him) is a Meriam/Gu-Gu Yulangi man, born and bred in Melbourne, John has been writing in the mediums of theatre, television series, documentary, and drama, film, and poetry for over 35 years. John has won several State and National awards (including the Human Rights Drama Award). He specialises in creative writing and has sat on Indigenous Advisory committees for Melbourne Arts Festival, Australian Arts Law Centre, and is currently a Board member of the First Nations of Australia Writer's Network.
John is a founding member of Ilbijerri Aboriginal/TSI Theatre Company and was the national consultant for the Australian Red Cross in Diversity and Inclusion.
John is currently the CEO of Barmal Bijirril Fund, a national organisation that works towards improving the relationships between the philanthropic sector and First Nations communities.
Tammy Prior - Director
Ballardong Noongar/Yamatji Nanda/Wajarri/Kimberley Nyul Nyu
Tammy Prior (she/her) is a proud Ballardong Noongar/Yamatji Nanda/Wajarri/Kimberley Nyul Nyul woman who has extensive experience, expertise, and networks across regional and urban Western Australia.
Tammy has worked in government and the private sector supporting and implementing sustainable, social, and community-based initiatives with Aboriginal communities, through economic development with a focus on tourism, training, employment and procurement outcomes.
Tammy’s most recent focus has been leading the community engagement process with the design and roll-out of an Early Years Initiative, a State Government collaboration on early childhood development, across four communities in WA, consulting directly with communities and State Government and assisting the team to implement new models of service delivery, to enable the greatest developmental outcome for kids.
Simon Rose - Director
Simon (he/him) is a Birrah/Gurreng Gurreng man and formerly taught at RMIT in digital media for First nations elders. Simon is currently Director of Indigenous Media Services “The Great Aboriginal People”. As an emerging producer, writer, director based in Melbourne, where he’s been developing media production skills across documentary, corporate video, drama, and commissioned content for several years. Working with many high profiled Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists in a range of successful collaborations and productions, his credits include Cultural Warrior for NITV Our Stories, Let’s Talk Treaty for the City of Melbourne, and The Story of Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner, Sorry a video response to the National Apology to the Stolen Generations for Whittlesea Council. DNA Nation, First Contact and Filthy Rich and Homeless as a factual research intern with Blackfella Films Melbourne. ABC TV: Mrs. Fishers Murder Mysteries (Series 3) as director's attachment with EveryCloud Productions.
Tara Newen - Co-Founder & Director
Tara, (she/her) a Cham descendant, Indigenous to the land that is now known as Vietnam, has extensive experience in working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities and is a fifteen-year veteran in this sector. In her capacity as a Family Services Practitioner, Tara also has worked for The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency and several other not-for-profit welfare agencies. Tara's involvement with the First Nations community in Melbourne was strengthened through her engagement with The Marge Tucker Hostel in Melbourne where she provided trusted support for at-risk First Nations teenage girls. As Lead Practitioner of Children and Parenting Support Service for Western Melbourne, she established the Booron Program for First Nations parents and their children.
Tara is passionate about addressing the inequities in health, wellbeing, and education for First Nations peoples. As co-founder of Books n Boots Tara aims to take the wider community with her in levelling access to learning for First Nations children and their families. Tara is a prolific home cook and takes every opportunity to share this love with family and friends. Tara is completing a Masters in Business Administration.
Aunty Joan - Volunteer, Bundjalung Tiny Treasures
Joan (she/her) is a retired social worker who is currently involved in supporting refugees and asylum seekers. Her previous career involved social work in health and disability services, most recently in partnering with the families of young children with disabilities to assist them to access the resources they needed. As part of this role she worked with a First Nations playgroup on Bundjalung Country - a role that she felt privileged to work in and absolutely loved. These experiences sparked Joan's passion to volunteer in a role that strives to ensure that every child has equitable access to resources and equal opportunities for learning and development. When she heard about the aims of Books ’n’ Boots, it seemed a perfect fit! In her spare time, Joan advocates to protect the koala population and their habitat in her local area. She also makes Ooray/Davidson plum jam and enjoys kayaking with friends.
Books n Boots would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, work, and learn. We would like to pay respect to elders past, present, and emerging and recognise that sovereignty has never been ceded.
It always was and always will be Aboriginal land
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We have adopted the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act). The NPPs govern the way in which we collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of your Personal Information.
A copy of the Australian Privacy Principles may be obtained from the website of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at www.aoic.gov.au
What is Personal Information and why do we collect it?
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