About Us

Committee Members

Allen Punch

I’m a proud Wakaya man from Wunara, where I am a Traditional Owner. I am director of Arruwurra Aboriginal Corporation. I am passionate about preserving our languages and culture, for the generations to come. This being my first year as Chairperson of PAK, it has been challenging at times, however very rewarding to see the progress being made. I look forward to the year ahead and the year ahead.

Rod Wason

Hi my name is Rod Wason.  I was born in Mareeba Queensland; I came to Tennant Creek for five day and ended up being still here 18 years later.  In the past I have worked for Julalikari disability, HAAC and Homemakers for three years.  I then became a member of Papulu Apparr-Karri Language Center staff as CDEP Supervisor for the men and then went on loan to the Tennant Creek High School, for about three months and ended up getting a full time position as an Aboriginal and Islander Education Worker, a position in which I worked until 2016, before enjoying my retirement.

I have in the past been the chairperson or the deputy chairperson for the Language Center for a number of years and have thoroughly enjoyed working in both positions.

Susan Jones

Ms Susan Jones is our member for the Tennant Creek Region and has been an elected member to our board of management for many years.  Ms Jones family members are founding member of Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation and a strong believer in keeping the language and culture strong.  Ms Jones is often called upon to do recordings, translations, interpreting on her language of Warumungu for the organisation.

Rose Graham

I’m a Warumungu woman, a Traditional Owner of the land. My family has strong connections to our community and land, they are founding members of PAK. Preservation of culture and our old ways is very important to me, to be able to leave something for my family.

Joseph Williams

I’m a proud Warumungu man, I am the third generation in my family to serve on Papulu Apparr-kari’s governing board. I live in Tennant Creek and currently work at Nyinkka Nyunyu. Myself and my family both have strong ties to the Barkly and to PAK, with many of my family being founding members.

Ronald Plummer

I’m a Warumungu Traditional Owner and have lived my whole life in the Barkly region. Myself and my family keep deep ties to the people of the Barkly and to keeping the community strong. I am currently a councillor for the Barkly regional Council and along with serving on many boards, I have been on PAK’s governing board for the past three years.

Miriam Charlie

I am both a Garrawa and Yanyuwa woman, from the Borroloola region, where I am the representative for the PAK board. I strongly believe in saving and passing along our languages and have worked for many years to keep my own language. Keeping strong ties to my language allows me to keep strong ties to my community and culture.

Graham Beasley

I’m an Alywarra man, from the Barkly region. I live in Alekarenge and work for Arlpwe Arts. As a Traditional Owner of my country, language and culture is very important to me and my family. It is my hope that our culture and ways of life are around for many generations to come.

Lennie Barton

Hello, my name is Lennie Barton I am a PAK board member for the Elliott region. I enjoy my role on the PAK board because I get to tell my people what is happening with language back home. My other role in community is on the local authority board, making decisions for the community with the other members it is a good learning experience I would like to see more young people on the board. I’m also the Elliott Parent and Community Engagement worker (PaCE) working at the local school. My role at Elliott school is to help the RSAS team look for kids around the community and talk to parents why their kids are not at school on that day. In the mornings I do two trips around the community with the school bus and pick up kids. I then take the RSAS team around and look for kids that are still asleep or running late for school.

 I also do multimedia in community, recording of language and old stories from around the Elliott region. I feel it is very important to get the recording before it is lost.