Rosanna is a proud saltwater and freshwater woman of the Budawang people, part of the Yuin Nation and Dhurga language group.
She grew up in the Blue Mountains, home to many Indigenous people including the Gundungurra and the Darug. After taking up photography and art, she moved South to be closer to her mob, and began working and studying in land care, conservation, environmental consultancy, and Indigenous land management, most recently working as Manager of an Aboriginal Ranger team in the Illawarra region.
Rosanna says she has great pride in working with community, caring for country, and learning about and sharing culture. “I am deeply passionate about promoting and re-establishing cultural burns, firestick farming, right fire and women’s business as crucial elements of conservation work,” she says. “I have great women role models in my family who inspire and motivate me to ensure the values of my community and culture are transferred between generations.”
Larissa Hale is a trailblazer for Indigenous women, being the first female Indigenous ranger coordinator in Queensland.
She is a woman of many hats – she is the Managing Director of Yuku Baja Muliku Landowner and Reserves, is in her second term as a Cook Shire Councillor and has taken on various leadership and advisory roles on national and international committees to better share and advocate for the Cooktown region and wider Indigenous community.
Larissa was born and raised in Cape York, spending most of her childhood at remote Cape Flattery, just north of Cooktown.
Larissa and her husband Mick have three children, and her passion for community, country and women’s empowerment stem from her drive to provide a better future for her son and two daughters and wider family.
Lisa lives and works on Jagera and Turrbal country, and is a leader with 2 decades experience in the private, public and not for profit sectors.
Lisa has been the Director of the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program for 4 years, and has worked extensively on strategy, policy and programs that support community.
Her current focus is to help facilitate an environment where First Nations communities drive the decisions that affect them and to empower other women. Lisa holds postgraduate qualifications in policy and governance from the University of Queensland and in 2014 completed the Harvard University Emerging Leaders Program.
A firm believer in the transformative power of the arts or a good idea – Lisa has also previously worked as a producer of public lecture programs at festivals and on the radio.
Carla is based in Cairns and has worked as part of the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program team for the past eight years. Originally from Aotearoa (New Zealand), she has worked across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.
Carla’s background is in program evaluation, facilitating informed and active citizenship, and world heritage. Carla was a member of the New Zealand delegation which successfully advocated for the inclusion of community in the strategic objectives of the World Heritage Convention in order to promote meaningful involvement of Indigenous and local communities in the management and conservation of world heritage sites.
Carla loves living with her family in Cairns, on the traditional country of the Yirrganydji and Yidinji peoples, and is honoured to be able to support the work of the Queensland Indigenous Women’s Ranger Network.