Nowanup Program Coordinator
Jim has so far authored 27 peer reviewed papers and has presented at more than 20 national and international conferences. His best contribution working for the Australian Institute of Marine Science, however, involved development of collaborations with state, federal and Indigenous management agencies to design marine sanctuaries that provide the best chance of survival of coral reefs in a rapidly warming ocean. Through these collaborations, the two-way learning with Traditional Custodians inspired a deep respect for the ecological truth that healthy people depend on healthy country. Therefore, Jim is now committed to supporting traditional ways of looking after country through genuine partnerships with Indigenous elders and Rangers.
Working for Gondwana Link with Uncle Eugene, other Indigenous elders, the Nowanup Rangers and the Friends of Nowanup is a special privilege for Jim. In his role as Nowanup Program Coordinator, Jim is looking to facilitate the transition to a self-governed and self-sustaining program at Nowanup that will tend to Noongar priorities for healing people and healing country in the Great Southern.