GLaWAC represents Traditional Owners from the Brataualung, Brayakaulung, Brabralung, Krauatungalung and Tatungalung family clans, who were recognised in the Native Title Consent Determination, made under the new Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010, the first such agreement under that Act.
Is the Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) for the Gunaikurnai people and claim area, as outlined in the agreement, providing joint management of 10 parks and reserves within the State.
Is the Registered Aboriginal Party for the Gunaikurnai claim area, as decided by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council under the Aboriginal Heritage Act, 2006.
Has a membership of more than 500 Traditional Owners, all of whom have proven their ancestral links to one of 25 Apical Ancestors registered in the Native Title Consent Determination.
Has six admin staff, including CEO Barry Kenny, Business Manager Lyn Wallace, Joint Management Coordinator Lisa Giblin, Natural Resource Management (NRM) Business Manager Darren Speirs, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Project Officer Annette Mullett and Receptionist Natalie Finn.
Also on staff is four Joint Management (JM Cultural Rangers Richard Hood, Chris Johnson, Bradley Hood and Patrick Mullett. And also we have our NRM crew; Gunaikurnai Enterprise - Robert Hudson, Richard Thomas, Mark Kenny, Eric Stewart, Nigel Pearce and Mick Farnham.
Role of GLaWAC
The role of the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Corporation (GLaWAC) is to further the aspirations of the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners and Native Title Holders through the implementation of the Gunaikurnai native title settlement agreements and the provision of high quality policy advice; to provide strategic leadership by developing and leading key initiatives; and to continuously improve the capacity, integrity and independence of the Gunaikurnai.
It works under the guidance of the Board of Directors and Elders Council to represent all Gunaikurnai people in native title, cultural heritage, land, water and natural resource management and related employment aspirations and issues.
Gunaikurnai - United, Proud and Strong
One Mob, One Voice
- Gunaikurnai Elders and GLaWAC have built a solid foundation for all our business and Gunaikurnai people
- Our Elders are guiding all we do and are strongly connected to our young as we build for the future
- We are self-sufficient and highly respected by our young, and the broader community for our knowledge and achievements
- We are actively protecting our culture, lands and waters, and bring strength, knowledge, skills and innovation to that role ·
- We have supported our people to build stronger connections to their culture and Country, and to build healthy and independent lives
Our Values - RESPECT
We respect our Elders, past and present, and the journey they have travelled to bring justice today
We encourage and value leadership by example, creativity and new ideas
We serve the good of all Gunaikurnai people
We are persistent in our journey towards self-determination and social justice
We listen to understand all views before judgement and decision-making
We demonstrate courage and integrity in all we do
We encourage and value teamwork
Aunty Gwen Atkinson
Aunty Sheila Baksh
Uncle Robert Critch
Aunty Margaret Donnelly
Aunty Shirley Foster
Aunty Rose Garner
Aunty Maria Harrison
Aunty Joyce Hood
Aunty Irene Leon
Aunty Madge Siely
Aunty Glenis Solomon
Aunty Barbara Sutton
Aunty Ollie Tregonning
Aunty Fay Voss
Aunty Rita Watkins
Board of Directors
Uncle Robert Critch
Aunty Shirley Foster
Uncle Lloyd Hood
Aunty Madge Siely
Aunty Fay Voss
Barry Kenny- CEO
Barry is a life-long Orbost resident with strong community ties and over 25-years' experience working with our people.
Barry is a descendent of the George Thomas family and is a strong advocate of caring for country, cultural heritage, and protecting and preserving the rights of Aboriginal people.
Barry is an expert in Gunaikurnai culture and history, and it is a privilege to have him with our corporation as CEO.
Natalie Finn - Reception
Natalie Finn is a proud Kurnai Djeetgun, growing up in Bairnsdale, Paynesville and Bruthen areas with her mother and father; the second born with three brothers. Natalie’s great-grand father is Jock Hood and a descent of Kitty and Larry Johnson of the Brabralung, Tatungalung and Krauatungalung clans.
All Natalie’s working life she has worked on the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program, within the Gunaikurnai Community working in administration helping members gain employment and training.
Her previous workplace registered as a cooperative and became East Gippsland Kurnai Employment Enterprises (KEE) Cooperative, where she worked in accounts and sales until it ceased trading in 2011.
She feels she is privileged to have gained employment working at GLaWAC and says the staff and the Gunaikurnai Community members are great, especially the Elders as she loves hearing about the older day stories as it reminds her of the times with her grandfather and his stories.
Lisa Giblin - Joint Management (JM) Coordinator
Lisa is a proud Gunaikurnai woman who has strong ties with the community not only through her father Harry Stewart but also through her past employment. This employment has included, Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Corporation, Ranger with Park Victoria, Heritage Officer, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and as a Cultural Heritage Values Officer, Department of Sustainability and Environment.
Lisa successfully completed a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management of which she was recognised for her achievements and was nominated for a State award.
Annette Mullett - Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Project Officer
Annette is very proud of what she has achieved over the years and proud to be a Gunaikurnai woman. She has lived on-country for over 40 years (born and raised); grand-daughter of Ted (Chook) Mullett and Nora Mullett, great grand-daughter of Edward Foster and Rosanna Johnson. Her family has lived on-country for many years at Lake Tyers. Annette and her four brothers grew up in Nowa Nowa, went to kindergarten, primary school, before going onto high school in Orbost.
Annette has had a varied working life; Youth Worker in Lakes Entrance; Koorie Birthing Worker with recognition; the Keeping Place; CDEP Officer interstate; Bataluk Cultural Trail; Koorie Educator and Koorie Engagement Support Officer.
She is looking forward to the new challenge of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Project Officer role and look forward to catching up in the new year.
Born in Bairnsdale to Leslie (Sonny) and Brenda Mullett (nee Harrison).
Darren Speirs - Natural Resources Management (NRM) Business Manager
Darren’s career has spanned a number of industries all with a natural resource management element to some degree, his first twenty years or so was as a Technical Forester in the Otway Ranges and then onto Cann River, Mirboo North, Officer-in-Charge of the Rushworth Forest District, managing Huon Pine salvage in Southwest Tasmania.
After this period he left the industry and engaged in tour guiding along the Merry River adjacent to Arnhem Land in northern Australia, and then tour guide / coach driver in Alice Springs. In both of these roles Darren had strong interaction with the local indigenous groups where he developed some understanding of the culture of those areas.
For a number of years after this Darren ran his own excavator business, worked driving milk tankers, log trucks and V/Line buses to then secure a position with the Wellington Shire Council as their Land Projects Officer where he stayed for the last five years before being fortunate enough to secure his current role with GLaWAC.
Darren sees a bright future for the corporation and his role in the future development of both the NRM business of the corporation and the corporation itself.
Lyn Wallace - Business Manager
After visiting East Gippsland for many years, Lyn decided it was time to make the sea-change from Melbourne to Paynesville. She has a strong passion for the land, including her many years as a successful sailor on the high seas, so her interest in Gunaikurnai culture and history can only strengthened by being a local.
Lyn has a strong knowledge of design and administration management, so her fit working for GLaWAC in administration and communication can only enhance the corporation's image and professionalism.
Traditional Owners Land Management Board (TOLMB)
The Role of the TOLMB
• Set and guide the strategic direction for the joint management of Country (10 parks and reserves)
• Collaborate with the State; Parks Victoria and other relevant land managers in the joint management of Country
• Enable the knowledge and culture of the Gunaikurnai people to be recognised in the joint management of Country
• Prepare a Joint Management Plan
Who appoints the members to the Board?
The Minister for Environment and Climate Change will appoint members to the Board, in accordance with the Conservation, Forests & Lands Act 1987 (CFL Act) and the Traditional Owner Land Management Agreement (TOLMA) between the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) and the State of Victoria.
Board Selection Process
There will be up to five general members on the Board. At least one of the general board member positions will be filled by a person nominated by the Secretary of the department.
To ensure a diverse pool of qualified candidates is identified, the department will also write to key stakeholders, including relevant land management and water agencies in Gippsland, advising them of the opportunity to participate in the Expression of Interest process.
A selection panel will shortlist general board candidates and provide to the Minister for endorsement prior to interview. The panel will comprise:
• an executive from the Forests and Parks Division of the department;
• a nominee from GLaWAC; and
• an independent human resources consultant, who has expertise in statutory body appointments, board member composition, roles and responsibilities and governance
The State's gender equality policies require that there be at least one male and one female member on the interview panel.
Following interview the Minister will be asked to endorse the candidates for general board membership that are recommended by the panel.