Jack Green receives lifetime achievement award

Date: Nov 18, 2020

Publication Type: Blog

Subject: Caring for Country

Garawa man Mr Green has received the lifetime achievement award at the 2020 TNRM Conference.

For over three decades, Mr Green has been working to protect and care for Country along the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria.

Mr Green has empowered Traditional Owners to regain land rights through the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act 1976.

He has supported the formation of ranger groups, developed cross- cultural solutions and taught cultural knowledge to younger generations.

He is a key campaigner against the impact of mining pollution.

The 67-year-old was born at Soudan Station, situated along the Barkly Highway, 130 kilometres west of the Queensland border. From Soudan he went to work as a ringer at Brunette Downs Station, Anthony Lagoon Station and Creswell Downs.

In the 1980s he settled in Borroloola and raised a family while working at the Mabunji Indigenous corporation, which began its life as a resource centre in 1983.

In the early 1990s, Mr Green started his career with the NLC as a trainee field officer and has been associated with the NLC ever since.

Mr Green now lives at Two Dollar Creek in Borroloola and has multiple roles - he’s a Senior Cultural Advisor to the Garawa and Waanyi/ Garawa Ranger programs, an NLC Councillor and member of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA). He's also a widely recognised artist.