VAHS Board of Directors

Gary Murray – Chairperson

Gary Murray who is born in Balranald, NSW in 1951 is a Multi-Clan descendant of the Wamba Wamba (Vic/NSW Murray River),Dhudhuroa (Vic/NSW Murray River), Wiradjeri (NSW Bogan River), Yorta Yorta (Vic/NSW Murray River), Baraparapa (Vic/NSW Murray River), Dja Dja Wurrung (Loddon/Avoca Rivers), Djupagalk (Richardson River) and Werkgaia Nations (Wimmera River). He is a father to twelve children and grandfather to twenty-four grandchildren.

He believes that activism, land, sport and education is intrinsic to good health and mind along with proper connection to Country and culture.

He has successfully passed Law subjects from The University of Melbourne in Torts and the Process of Law, History and the Philosophy of Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, International Law, Equity Law, Introduction to Archaeology, Koori and Non-Koori History-Colonial and Postcolonial Interchange, Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures, Human Rights Law, Environmental and Planning Law 1, Evidence, Environmental and Planning Law 2, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Health and Medical Law, Law and Indigenous Societies.

He has over fifty-two year’s activism and experience in many aspects of the First Nations particularly in community development, native title, cultural heritage, economic development and human rights. He is a:

  • Member of the Working Group of the Wamba Wamba Barapa Barapa Native Title Claim Group 2017-2018
  • Founding Member and Chairperson Nicholls Foundation Aboriginal Corporation 2018
  • Founding Member and Director First Nations Sports Foundation Aboriginal Corporation 2018
  • Victorian Traditional Owner Land Justice Group Dhudhuroa Member and Honorary Secretariat Member 2005-2018
  • Member Ballerrt Mooroop Working Group 2011-2018
  • Member of the City of Moreland Reconciliation Action Group
  • Victorian Treaty Interim Working Group Member 2016
  • Member of the Victorian Labor Party Central
  • Native Title Holder Wotjobaluk, Wergaia, Jardwajala, and Yupagalk Native Title Group, Wimmera 2005-2018
  • Federal Court Representative Wamba Wamba Wadi Wadi Baraparapa Full Claim Group Negotiating Team and Federal Court Representative 2013-2015.
  • Wamba Wamba Native Title Group Contact Officer for cultural heritage matters.
  • An authorised Native Title Applicant to the Wamba Wamba Wadi Wadi Baraparapa Dja Dja Wurrung, and Yupagalk native title applications in North West Victoria 2000-2015
  • Senior Co-Chair of the Dhudhuroa Native Title Claim Group in North East Victoria 2009-2018
  • Founding Member and Director of the Dhudhuroa Waywurru Nations Aboriginal Corporation 2009-2018
  • Former Chair Victorian Alps Traditional Owner Reference Group and Dhudhuroa Member
  • Former Ballerrt Mooroop College Community Advisor Spokesperson Broadmeadows Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group 2010-2018
  • Yung Balug Clan Spokesperson and Co-Chair Boort Cultural Interpretive Centre Working Group 2003-2018
  • Victorian Indigenous Cultural Education and Knowledge Centre Melbourne CBD Working Group Member.
  • Founding Member of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation 1998
  • Murray Lower Darling Indigenous Nations Dhudhuroa Member 2011-2015.

Ronald Briggs – Deputy Chairperson

Ron is passionate about Community and Aboriginal Health. He is actively involved in the Community through health promotion for men. Ron has a keen interest to help Community members become involved in sport, encourage men to become healthy role models for their families and Communities and to see Community healthy and grow old.

Over many years Ron has been involved in various committees in the Health Sector particularly around men’s health and is aware of the health needs of the Community, currently Ron is employed as a Practitioner at the Magistrates Court.

Ron’s passion is promoting the goodness of fathers in Community and the importance of their relationship with children and family.

Leanne Brooke – Treasurer

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Tony McCartney – Director

Tony was born in Balranald and his first home was a tent on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Tony’s heritage originates from the Watchabaluk tribe in the western part of Victoria on his great Grandfathers side and from his great Grandmothers side which is the Nari Nari tribe that comes from Lake Mungo in New South Wales.

Tony is a father to five sons and four daughters and has tem grandchildren.

Tony left high school at a young age to come to Melbourne to pursue an automotive career.

Tony has worked in a number of industries such as; transportation, automotive manufacturing servicing and repair, youth services institutional and community settings, drug and alcohol, employment recruitment, advocacy, housing, health, higher education and currently working in the VET sector in Melbourne.

Tony has held three senior management roles in Aboriginal organisations in Victoria and has been the Chairperson of VACCHO and the national Chairperson of NACCHO.

Tony has advocated for his people at local, state, nation and international forums. Tony is committed to working to provided support to the community for better outcomes and holds a number of governance roles in Aboriginal Health, junior football, Aboriginal theatre company and early learning. Tony is the current President of Bubup Wilam Early Learning Aboriginal Family and Children Services.

Ross Morgan – Director

Ross a proud Yorta Yorta man who has lived and worked in Melbourne for the last 20 years and originally from Shepparton is currently working as a Case Manager for Ngarra Jarranounith Place with Dardi Munwurro. A current Board Member of VAHS and on the Yorta Yorta Nations Elders Committee and a tireless worker for Aboriginal peoples.

Marika Jackomos _ Director

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Andrew Gardiner – Director

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