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

In response to a vacancy available on the GBRF Traditional Owner Working Group, the GBRF are pleased to announce that Yirrganydji Traditional Owner Gavin Singleton has accepted an offer to join the GBRF Traditional Owner Working Group. Gavin was ranked highly in the open selection process that ran in late 2018 and has consistently demonstrated strong passion, motivation and commitment to the protection and care of the Great Barrier Reef. Gavin is committed to seeing Traditional Owners empowered to take a leadership role under the Reef Trust Partnership Agreement. GBRF welcomes Gavin to his new appointment.

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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 worked 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.


Gavin Singleton

Yirrganydji man from the Cairns to Port Douglas region

Gavin is currently a Project Manager with the Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation and coordinates the Yirrganydji Land and Sea Ranger Program and Yirrganydji Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement.

Gavin’s experience and contributions include representation on advisory committees such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Indigenous Reef Advisory Committee, Reef 2050 Indigenous Heritage Expert Group, and Cairns Regional Council’s First Peoples Advisory Committee. Gavin was a presenter/performer at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland (2018), TEDx JCU Cairns (2018), and United Nations Oceans Conference SD-14 in New York (2017). Gavin has also featured in media networks and communication productions such as ‘ABC the Drum’, IUCN Video ‘Voices from the Reef’, Tangaroa Blue Foundation’s video ‘how to run a beach or river clean up’, and the Queensland National Parks Video ‘Be Pest Free’.