Cr Dominic WY Kanak has been Greens Councillor for Bondi Ward since 1999 and has held the positions of Deputy Mayor from 2007-2008 and 2017-2019.
He was born on Yuwibara Country, Mackay, Queensland. I’m Torres Strait (Erub) and South Sea Islander (Epi). I’m a proud TI grandfather of a Murri-Yorta-Yorta Family.
Dominic is Chair of the East Region Local Government First Nations Forum and is the President of the NSW Local Government Aboriginal Network. With over 22 years in politics, Dominic is one of the longest serving Indigenous Councillors in the country.
(Australian South Sea Islander, First Nations, Caribbean)
Ms. (Waskam) Emelda Davis MA is a passionate resident of Pyrmont with strong links to the local community, as well as a strong advocate for cultural diversity and greater inclusion for her Indigenous, Pacific, and Australian South Sea Islander communities.
Emelda Davis is proud of her diverse indigenous ancestry as as second-generation Australian South Sea Islander of First Nations and Caribbean descent. Emelda has worked for federal, state, community and grassroots organisations where she has exhibited diverse expertise in community development, education, training, media, and marketing.
Warren is a proud Thunghutti and Bundjalung man who has extensive experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities having worked for NGO's and universities, as well as local, state and federal government. In his early career, Warren was Research Officer for NSW Upper House President in the Parliament of NSW.
In 2012, Warren launched Deadly Politics which is an online political advocacy platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
(Boigu, Torres Strait Islands)
Masepah Banu (Mas) is a Boigu Islander from the Torres Strait Islands who acknowledges his Aboriginal heritage from Taepithiggi, the community of Mapoon in western part of Cape York Peninsula. He has extensive experience in governance as Project Officer at the Office of Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Chairperson for the ACT Torres Strait Islander Corporation, Member to the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and Delegate to the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples. Currently, Mas is an Engagement Officer to the Australian Electoral Commission where his role is to educate First Nations people on enrolling to vote and engaging in opportunities to work at polling centres in upcoming elections.
Marie Barbaric is a proud Dunghutti and Gamilaroi woman and CEO of Koori Kulcha Experience, which provides catering, cross-cultural training, team building workshops and tourism. She is a Director of Illawarra Wingecarribee Aboriginal Alliance; a Director of Hume Coal Charity; and lead negotiator for OCHRE , the community focused plan of the NSW Government.
Marie is also Director of Women's Business and has completed political candidate training with Women for Election Australia and Pathways to Politics Program for Women at UNSW Sydney.
Noël Zihabamwe is the Founder and Chair the African Australian Advocacy Centre (AAAC).
The AAAC is the peak body representing the African Australian Communities in the area of advocacy, research, and policy outcomes. In late 2022, AAAC coordinated the UN Working Group of Experts on Persons of African Descent (WGEPAD) in Australia which investigated human rights issues facing persons of African descent in Australia,
Noël is emeritus advisory board member at Australian Human Rights Institute (AHRI) UNSW. The Australian Human Rights Institute breaks silos between academic research and real-world problems to progress human rights.
Noël is a multiple winner of professional, community, human rights and leadership awards.
He is co-author of the book “One Thousand Hill” and is passionate about Human Rights advocacy.
In 2017, Nadia Saleh made history as the first hijab-wearing woman to be elected into local government in Australia. The news made headlines around the world after she secured a seat on Canterbury-Bankstown Council — the largest council area in NSW.
During her election campaign, Nadia won more votes than any other candidate in the state of NSW and was elected as Councillor for the City of Canterbury Bankstown from 2017-2021 and also elected Deputy Mayor (2017-2018).
Nadia’s career includes 21 years at Riverwood Community Centre where she worked as Community Development, Youth and Families Services Manager. She currently works as Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the Australian Services Union.
Nadia received the Edna Ryan Award for making a feminist difference in 2012, the Local Woman of the Year Award in 2018 and Bankstown Women of the Year 2019 for her contributions to the community.
Tito is a Bengali Australian community development practitioner with expertise in social policy, rights based community organising, diversity, inclusion and pluralism.
Tito's professional career spans teaching English, especially post-colonial literature and cultural studies at university level, UNDP, local government and NGOs delivering public health, diversity and youth outcomes.
In Australian local government Tito championed rights based diversity policies to combat systemic/structured racism, the legacy of White Australia policy. He is an active community development coordinator and regularly campaigns for people of colour political candidates, particularly in NSW.
Tito lives in Bidjigal country and works in Dharug and Tharawal countries.