- Torres Strait Island senior leader
- Chairperson not for profit
- Cultural custodian
- Youth mentorCommunity elder and leader
- Fellow, ARLP 18
- Aquaculture manager and entrepreneur
Sponsor: Torres Strait Regional Authority
... definitely a Rural Leader
"I recently told the young people in my community that the work I do right now is not for me; it is so I can instill leadership in them, the future of my community."
John is an indigenous Torres Strait Islander from the Central/Eastern Cluster Island of Masig. He is Director/Chairperson of Kailag Enterprise Limited (KEL). KEL is an indigenous not-for-profit trustee organisation for the people of Masig. Its primary objective is to manage an aquaculture venture producing bath sponges at an approved marine farm. John holds an Associate Degree in Indigenous Community Management and Development.