The State Aboriginal Heritage Committee (Committee) is established under Section 7 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (Act). Its functions are set out in Section 8 of the Act.
The Committee provides advice to the Minister, either on its own initiative or upon the Minister’s request, with respect to:
- the making and removal of entries in the central archives
- measures that should be taken for the protection or preservation of Aboriginal sites, objects or remains
- the appointment of suitable persons as heritage inspectors under the Act
- Aboriginal heritage agreements
- any other matter related to the administration or operation of the Act or to the protection or preservation of Aboriginal heritage
- any other function assigned to the Committee by the Act or by the Minister.
The Committee also has the power to appoint, suspend or revoke people or bodies as Recognised Aboriginal Representative Bodies under the Act.
2022 meeting dates
- 13 January 2022
- 24 February 2022
- 7 April 2022
- 19 May 2022
- 30 June 2022
- 11 August 2022
- 22 September 2022
- 3 November 2022
- 15 December 2022
The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation is required to appoint and maintain a State Aboriginal Heritage Committee to represent the interests of Aboriginal people throughout the state in the protection and preservation of Aboriginal heritage.
The functions of the Committee are established under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA)(Act).
- Regularly attending meetings, generally of one day’s duration every six weeks in Adelaide.
- Actively contributing to formulating advice or considering decisions by reading all the documents supplied prior to any meeting.
- Being available for out-of-session work as required, such as attendance at consultation meetings on country.
- The Minister may impose further conditions upon appointments that members must agree to comply with.
- Members must exhibit exemplary personal behaviours appropriate to government committees under a framework of rules encapsulated in the DPC guideline Honesty and accountability for members of government boards.
- Sessional fees are payable to non-government employees after attendance at any meeting or approved out-of-session work. Travel allowances are pre-paid to eligible members at approved government rates.
- Meetings may sometimes be held virtually via Microsoft Teams or by teleconference, including due to COVID-19 considerations. It is therefore desirable that nominees have access to a reliable telephone (at minimum) to engage in remote meetings.
Nominations will be considered from all South Australian Aboriginal persons over the age of 18 years who live in South Australia.
Successful nominees will be able to:
- demonstrate their interest and experience in working with Aboriginal heritage in South Australia
- display some appreciation of the Act and the Committee’s functions
- have an understanding of good governance principles.
Eligible individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by their local community. If self-nominating, an endorsement from a RARB, native title or heritage body will be well regarded. Nomination is by way of the nomination form that addresses the selection criteria at the following link:
Nominations close at 5.00 p.m. on Monday 9 May 2022. Please note that late nominations will not be accepted.
Completed nomination forms should be forwarded by post or email to:
Jill Walsh, Executive Officer – State Aboriginal Heritage Committee
c/- Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation
GPO Box 2343, Adelaide SA 5001
For further information please phone 8303 0741
Mark Koolmatrie – Chairperson (– 2022)
Mark Koolmatrie has been a member of Committee since 2016. Formerly Chairperson of the Original Southern South Australian Tribes Indigenous Corporation, Mark continues to assert heritage interests within the Coorong, Lower Lakes, River Murray, and the Sea. He is committed to, and has a passion for, the preservation of Aboriginal heritage and culture in the Ramindjeri, Tangani, Yarlde, Meintangk, and Ngarrindjeri lands.
Fiona Singer – Vice Chairperson (– 2022)
Fiona Singer is an Arabana and Southern Arrernte woman resident in Adelaide. Fiona is a previous Chairperson of the Arabana Aboriginal Corporation. Fiona has over 25 years’ experience working within both Commonwealth and State Governments, and has qualifications in management.
Fiona is passionate about heritage, and has a comprehensive knowledge and appreciation of the cultural, social and economic needs and challenges of Aboriginal people and communities in South Australia, particularly native title holders.
Cheryl Saunders (– 2022)
Cheryl Saunders is a Wirangu / Kokatha woman. She is a previous director of Gawler Ranges Aboriginal Corporation. Cheryl is currently involved with the Kids on Country program, run by the Nature Foundation SA, which facilitates students spending time involved in culturally appropriate conservation activities and hands-on learning with Aboriginal elders, Indigenous rangers and science educators.
Glen Wingfield (– 2022)
Glen Wingfield is a Kokatha / Arabana man from Port Augusta. Glen has had deep experience in Aboriginal heritage matters throughout his career, including as the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation’s Heritage Manager.
Glen provides leadership in the preservation and protection of Aboriginal heritage, particularly to exploration and mining companies. He is a former Chairperson of Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation.
Joshua Haynes (– 2024)
Joshua Haynes is a Yandruwandha man who is currently a director of the National Native Title Council and Chair of the Marree-Innamincka Landscape Group and Deputy Chair of South Australian Native Title Services.
Joshua has recently been appointed to Victoria’s Dhawura Ngilan (Remembering Country) steering committee, which seeks to implement nationally consistent Aboriginal heritage legislation across Australia that will improve heritage protection, strengthen culture and give primacy to the voices of Aboriginal people in respect of their own heritage.
Ken Jones (– 2023)
A Bunganditj Elder, Ken’s interest in the environment began early through regular family hunting and fishing trips along the Limestone Coast, discovering bush tucker, growing a native fruit orchard and timber forests. His work and volunteer career spans commercial fishing management, environmental building, habitat restoration and field and bird surveys.
From his property near Port MacDonnell, Ken now teaches and addresses care for intangible heritage values and the environment within Bunganditj Country.
Loralee Wright (– 2022)
Loralee Wright is an Adnyamathanha woman resident in Whyalla. She returns to the Committee after a number of years away. Loralee is the Chair of Adnyamathanha Yura Language and Heritage Association Inc.
The association is active in the protection of heritage, particularly where it is under threat of impact by ground-disturbing works, and in the preservation of languages and cultural practices through storytelling and intergenerational learning.
Robyn Campbell (– 2022)
Robyn Campbell is the CEO of Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation, which serves the Aboriginal Community of the South East of South Australia. Robyn is dedicated in her advocacy for the preservation and protection of Aboriginal heritage for Tanganekald, Meintangk, Bungaditj, Ngarrindjeri, Potorwutj peoples.
Robyn has board and governance experience through her positions on the Committee and as Co-Chair of the South East Aboriginal Focus Group.
Sue Haseldine (– 2024)
Sue Haseldine is a Kokatha / Mirning woman from Ceduna. She is a member of the Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation. Sue is a long-time advocate for heritage protection, having tended sacred sites for most of her life. Sue currently works with educators, taking young people onto country to teach them the traditional ways and stories.
Yvonne Agius (– 2023)
Yvonne Agius is an esteemed Kaurna elder who has a strong interest in, and commitment to, promoting the protection and preservation of Aboriginal heritage. Yvonne has extensive professional experience, including current membership of the Adelaide City Council Reconciliation Committee.
Yvonne is the previous Vice-Chairperson of the Committee, and has significant experience on the boards and as a member of many other Aboriginal organisations.
*Biographical information is correct at the time of publication.