Danjoo Koorliny Ambassadors Briefing


The Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together Co-directors have met with the Danjoo Koorliny Ambassadors to update one another on the progress of the project, and to look to the months and years ahead.


The Danjoo Koorliny Co-directors are Dr Noel Nannup OAM, Dr Richard Walley OAM, Prof Emeritus Colleen Hayward AM and Carol Innes.


The current ambassadors are the Governor of Western Australia the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Professor Fiona Stanley AC, Professor Stephen Hopper AC and Janet Holmes à Court AC.


Also in attendance were the Governor’s staff and Danjoo Koorliny team members Ezra Jacobs-Smith, Katie Stubley and John Stubley.

Janet Holmes à Court was an apology for this meeting, and Fiona Stanley joined via Zoom while in home quarantine after travelling interstate.


More About the Current Ambassadors

The Honourable Kim Beazley AC was installed as Governor on the 1st May 2018 as the 33rd Governor of Western Australia. Prior to becoming Governor, Mr Beazley had a distinguished record of service to the public, leadership and representation of Australia. He served for nearly three decades in the Australian Federal Parliament and for a period of six years as Ambassador to the United States of America. In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, as an advocate for Indigenous people and for service to the community.


Professor Fiona Stanley AC is the Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute, Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Western Australia and Patron of Murdoch’s Indigenous health research centre, Ngangk Yira Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and Social Equity, which launched in early 2018. She is a Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation and a former member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, and has served on major international, national and local committees. For her research on behalf of Australia's children and Aboriginal social justice, she was named Australian of the Year in 2003, and in 2006 she was made a UNICEF Australia Ambassador for Early Childhood Development.


Professor Stephen Hopper AC Steve is a Professor in the Faculty of Science at UWA. He is a field-active Australian conservation biologist, widely travelled, and a well-published scientific author. Currently, he leads a research and teaching program on sustainable living with biodiversity at UWA’s Albany campus. His focus is on old, climatically-buffered, infertile landscapes (Ocbils), such as granite outcrops; and on cross-cultural studies with Aboriginal people. Previously he has worked in the WA Government, and served as Director of two world class botanic gardens – Kings Park in Perth and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London. In 2012 he was awarded Australia’s highest civilian honour (Companion of the Order of Australia) and inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame.


Janet Holmes à Court AC is a businesswoman and Chairman of one of Australia's largest private companies, Heytesbury Pty Ltd. She was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1995 and promoted to a Companion of the Order (AC) on Australia Day 2007 for service to business, particularly as a leader in the construction, wine and cattle industries, to the advancement of Western Australia's musical and theatre culture, to the visual arts, and to the community. In 2001 she was awarded the Centenary Medal for her service to the arts as Chair of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Black Swan Theatre Company. The National Trust of Australia has included her on its list of 100 Australian Living Treasures.


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