Meet the members of our Traditional Owner Working Group for the Reef Trust Partnership

The purpose of the Working Group is to offer strategic advice to guide the co-design and co-delivery of activities under the Reef Trust Partnership.

  • Larissa Hale (Chair), Yuku Baja Muliku Traditional Owner from Cape York, Managing Director for Yuku Baja Muliku Land Corporation and Councillor with Cook Shire Council
  • Traceylee Forester, Lama Lama Traditional Owner from Cape York (Port Stewart/Princess Charlotte Bay) and also a Nywaigi Traditional Owner (Herbert River to Rolling Stone), Indigenous Partnerships Coordinator for the Australian Institute of Marine Science. 
  • Stan Lui, Torres Strait Islander from Erub (Darnley Island), Manager of the Torres Strait Regional Authorities, Land and Sea Management Unit 
  • Malcolm Mann, Darumbal Traditional Owner, Indigenous Connect Officer at CQUni 
  • Brian Singleton, Yirraganydji Traditional Owner, Senior Ranger at the Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation
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Cr Larissa Hale

Larissa Hale is a Yuku Baja Muliku woman from Cape York Queensland.

She is Managing Director for Yuku Baja Muliku Land Corporation and was instrumental in founding the Yuku Baja Muliku Indigenous Land & Sea Ranger Program, The Archer Point Turtle Hospital and the YBM Junior Ranger Program. Larissa is also a Councillor with Cook Shire Council and a member of a number of committees in the Cape York and Great Barrier Reef Region.

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Traceylee Forester

Traceylee is a member of two Traditional Owner groups in Northern Queensland.  On her mother’s side she is from the Lama Lama Clan of Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York and on her father’s side, she is from the Nywaigi Clan, located near Ingham.

She currently works as the Indigenous Partnerships Coordinator for AIMS (Australian Institute of Marine Science. 

Traceylee has work with and represented the Lama Lama People, especially in regard to their sea country aspirations and planning through her previous position as the Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreement (TUMRA) Coordinator and grew the program from its inception to a strong program that has a holistic approach to all aspects of looking after sea country.

Traceylee is a consortium member of the Reef 2050 Traditional Owners Aspirations Project and the Queensland representative on the Indigenous Reference Group of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC). Traceylee is passionate about assisting Traditional Owners to share their knowledge, experience and wisdom of our natural environment with others.

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Stan Lui

Torres Strait Islander from Erub (Darnley Island) 

Torres Strait Regional Authorities, Land and Sea Management Unit Manager

Mr Lui holds official roles on a number of organisations including; Board Member positions on the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre and the Wet Tropics Biodiversity Foundation; and Chair of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporations (FRDC) - Indigenous Reference Group (IRG). From an operational perspective, Mr Lui also holds memberships on various committee’s including, Department of Environment and Energy Indigenous Advisory Committee, Department of Fisheries and Forestry National Fisheries Advisory Committee, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee, the Steering Committee of the National Environmental Science Programme, Marine Biodiversity Hub, and is a member of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity.

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Malcolm Mann

Darumbal Traditional Owner 

Central Queensland University Indigenous Connect Officer 

Mr Mann feels that his understandings and experiences relating to the outlined impacts that affect the Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owners and adjacent communities will provide strategic guidance to the GBRF in advancing the co-design and implementation of the Reef Trust Partnership. 

He is currently a Director of the Central Queensland Indigenous Development and the Darumbal People Aboriginal Corporation.

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Brian Singleton

Yirrganydji Traditional Owner

Senior Ranger at the Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation

Mr Singleton has a deep commitment to looking after country and more than 20 years experience working closely with Traditional Owners and Indigenous Communities in land and sea management. Much of that time he has spent working in state and federal environmental agencies, giving our mob a voice in the management of their land and sea country. Brian believes Aboriginal people and the government must work together if they are going to achieve their goals of protecting their natural and cultural resources. Mr Singleton is a board member with the Centre for Appropriate Technology Limited (CfAT Ltd).