Caring for Country - a live digital event for legislative reform

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 at 10:37 pm
Melbourne metropolitan
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Caring for Country and Legislative Reform

Join us today

Wednesday 24 June, at 3pm for a live digital event. Our Panel of five esteemed Traditional Owners will discuss how we can better Care for Country through a consideration of the current legislations protecting Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.

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Meet our panel

MC - Racquel Kerr

Racquel is a Dja Dja Wurrung woman and has worked in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage for Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, focusing on the protection and management of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and is currently working with Traditional Owners managing Recognition and Settlement Agreements. Racquel was one of the first appointed Aboriginal Heritage Officers under the amended Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 in 2017, placing legislative enforcement and compliance back with Traditional Owners.


Hans Bokelund

Hans is the inaugural Director of Aboriginal Melbourne Branch. He decided to join the City of Melbourne because of the exciting new branch the City of Melbourne was establishing. Building on and enhancing the City of Melbourne as a recognised leader of Aboriginal culture – A City with an Aboriginal focus. Exploring ways to bring the City of Melbourne’s Reconciliation Action Plan to life and working with his team to revitalise relationships with the Aboriginal community members and cement Aboriginal Melbourne as a benchmark par excellence. Hans is a Darumbal/Turrbal man from Queensland and past-President of Tarwirri (Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria).

Rodney Carter

Rodney is a descendant of Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta people and currently works for his people as the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises Pty Ltd. He is currently Chairperson of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council and has been a member of Council since its creation in 2007. A defining moment for Rodney was negotiating the Dja Dja Wurrung people's native title

Jamie Lowe

Jamie is a Gunditjmara Djabwurrung man and Chief Executive Officer of the National Native Title Council, a peak body set up to maximise the contribution of native title to achieving and improving the economic, social and cultural participation of Indigenous Australians. Jamie was also elected to the executive of First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, as Victorian Aboriginal Peoples move towards treaty.

Before joining the National Native Title Council, Jamie was Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, appointed by the Federal Court to hold native title rights and interests for Eastern Maar citizens over their country in southwestern Victoria. Jamie still stays involved in community and negotiations of settlement for future Eastern Maar claims.

Rachel Perkins

Rachel is from the Arrernte and Kalkadoon people. She is a filmmaker and primarily works through her company Blackfella Films, which she established in 1993. Her directing work includes the TV series Total Control and series one of Mystery Road. Her documentary work includes the series First Australian and movies Bran Nue Dae, Jasper Jones, Mabo, One Night the Moon and Radiance.  She lives between Sydney and Alice Springs, her traditional country. With her Arrernte community she has undertaken cultural resurgence initiatives including the recording of traditional Arrernte women’s songs and publishing of Arrernte audio language resources. She has served on a number of federal agency boards and currently serves on The Australian Heritage Council.