Barry is a local Nyamal man from the Pilbara region and has over 22 years experience in the Aboriginal industry. He speaks the local dialect of the Hedland region and has strong traditional and cultural ties in the Pilbara region.
Barry's father Mr. Peter Coppin a senior Nyamal Law man lives with Barry at the Jinparinya Community. Mr. Coppin and others led the first strike of Aboriginal workers in the nation's history in 1946. Barry is a spray painter by trade, and completed his apprenticeship in Port Hedland. He later was employed for 10 years in the Public Service.
Barry spent five years in Perth where he carved out a short successful football career with the Perth Football Club in the Western Australia Football League.
Barry was elected to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) Ngarda Ngarli Yarndu Regional Council in 1996. In 2002, he was elected to the position of Chairperson for the Ngarda Ngarli Yarndu region.
During his tenure Barry was elected the Chairperson of the ATSIC WA State Council, a position served with distinction, with a major role in working with the WA State Government in implementing the Statement of Commitment.
Barry is currently employed as the Managing Director with the Ngarda Ngarli Yarndu Foundation Inc. He joined the Foundation in 2001 for twelve months to establish the organisation.
Barry has owned and managed his own consultancy business prior to him being appointed to the Foundation.
Barry is currently a Director of Ngarda Civil & Mining Pty Ltd, a commercially competitive and financially stable earthmoving company based in the Pilbara that offers a unique alternative to the mining industry, in Indigenous employment.
Ngarda has in excess $50 million in contracts with various companies which include BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. The company employs 160 people of which 85% are Indigenous. The Foundation is a 25% shareholder through a subsidiary company.
Barry during his tenure as the ATSIC Regional Council Chairperson held a number of government board position which include:Chairperson - ATSIC Western Australian State Council
Darren is an Innawonga man from the Hamersley region of Paraburdoo and has over 20 years experience in aboriginal affairs. He speaks the local dialect of Innawonga and Bunjima language, and resides with his family at the Bellary Community, via Paraburdoo.
This is his first term as Regional Councillor.
Darren's interest is community development and holds a number of prominent government and aboriginal community organisations board positions which include:
Board Member, Pilbara Regional Fund - Western Australia Government
Board Member - Gumala Aboriginal Corporation
Director - Gumala Enterprise Pty Ltd.
Director - Mulba Civil & Eng. Pty Ltd
Director - ESS/ Gumala Pty Ltd
Arthur is a Yinjibarndi man whose family have lived in the Port Hedland /Marble area of the Pilbara region. Arthur is currently the Chairperson of the Ngarda Ngarli Yarndu ATSIC Regional Council. He was the Manager at Mulba Radio community radio station and part time DJ.
Arthur holds a number of government and local government positions which include:
Town Councillor/Deputy Mayor- Town of Port Hedland
Member- ATSIC WA State Council
Joyce is a Yamatji woman from the Carnarvon area, in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. This is her first term on Regional Council. Joyce is employed as a Lecturer with the Pilbara TAFE in Roebourne.
Joyce's interest includes Social Justice Issues, Children and Family. She holds a number of prominent government board positions which include:
Chairperson - ASPPA Committee Roebourne Annexe of Karratha
Member- Pilbara TAFE Governing Committee.
Member - Pilbara Ab'l. & Islander District Education Council
Michael is a local Yinjibarndi man from the Roebourne / Millstream area of the Pilbara Region. This is his first term as Regional Councillor. Michael's interests include Lore & Culture, Education and Enterprise Development.
Michael holds a number of prominent aboriginal organisation board positions which include:
Chairperson - Ngarliyarndu Birndirri Aboriginal Corporation
Member - Ngarluma & Yindjibarndi Foundation.
Willie is a local Nyamal man from the Pilbara region. This is Willie's first term as Regional Councillor, and was previously the Chairperson of the Mugarinya community, known as Yandeyarra.
Willie's interest include Economic Development, Education and Training and Employment. Willie holds a number of prominent board positions which include:
Chairperson- Pilbara Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
Member- Pilbara Ab'l. & Islander District Education Council.
Brian is the General Manager of Ngarda Civil & Mining Pty Ltd a commercially competitive and financially stable earthmoving company based in the Pilbara that offers a unique alternative to the mining industry, in Indigenous employment.
Ngarda has in excess $50 million in contracts with various companies which include BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. The company employs 120 people of which 84% are Indigenous. Brian is a Civil Engineer with 30 years experience in the industry.
Allan is the Owner / Director of Shellborough Investment Pty, based in Port Hedland and Geraldton. Shellborough Investments is an Accounting and Taxation Service and a Franchise for H & R Block Accountants.
Allan was appointed the accountant of the Foundation in 2001. He has a Diploma in Financial Planning, Master of Professional Accounting, and currently holds a number of board positions which include:Managing Director & Head Financial Planner - Wealth Merchants Australia Pty Ltd.