Lachlan Parkinson


Lachlan is an accomplished writer and literary scholar with a passion for words and storytelling. He is a Wiradjuri man who grew up in Queensland on Jagera, Giabal, and Jarowair Country. Lachlan also spent a year working at a resort in Yulara, where he was able to work and share stories with the Anangu. With a natural inclination for creativity, Lachlan studied for a bachelor’s degree in journalism and creative writing, and a Master of Arts in writing and literature. Lachlan hopes to bring a unique perspective to the literary landscape by blending the cultural richness of First Nations story telling with contemporary narratives.

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Wiradjuri, Ngemba & Paakantji

Rona is a proud Kaytetye woman from Central Australia who works with high impact organisations to create systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and solutions.

Rona is the founder of Common Ground and brings 7 years 
of professional experience working across First Nations organisations and not for profits. Rona was previously the Director of First Nations at YLab, a social enterprise that puts young people with diverse lived experiences at the centre of designing and developing innovative and impactful solutions 
to complex social issues. Over her career, Rona has worked in policy at the Central Land Council, the Research Unit for Indigenous Languages at the University of Melbourne, Reconciliation Victoria, and the Foundation for Young Australians.In 2020, Rona was a finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever awards, was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship. In 2019 Rona won a Diana Award and was named a 'Woman of the Future'  by Women's Weekly.Through her work with First Nations communities across Australia, Rona aims to create future systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and cultures.Rona currently resides in Mpartnwe on Arrernte Country.