Minelle Creed

Kalkadoon (Pitta Pitta) and Gunggari

Minelle Creed is an award-winning journalist who began her career in the 1990s, reporting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander news and current affairs with ABC Radio and Speaking Out, and most recently with SBS Radio Living Black.  Prior to this she worked with Brisbane Indigenous Media Association and was one of the first broadcasters to go live to air when the 4AAA Murri Country began in 1993.

Minelle eventually moved to Cairns the late 1990's and worked for various state and federal government departments dealing with Native Title, supporting Traditional Owners in Far North Queensland on land and sea management, particularly in the National Parks.

Based in Melbourne since 2010, Minelle is a strong supporter of the environment, sustainable living, animal rights, land and sea care, cultural heritage protection, Aboriginal cultural tourism, and women’s and children rights, Aboriginal STEM Education, Aboriginal Science, Astronomy, and the rights of people living with disability and chronic health conditions. In 2015, she won the 2015 United Nations Media Peace Award for SBS Living Black radio’s coverage on “Breaking community silence on violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women”, sharing the award with her colleague, Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove.

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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.