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Andrew Lane

Andrew is an indigenous (aboriginal) Architect with extensive experience working with remote indigenous communities.

He is a joint-owner and founder of Indij Architectural & Interior Design a Cairns based design practice established in 2011. Prior to that he worked for more than 15 years as a designer and project manager involved with projects in communities across Australia.

Since joining the ATSI Housing Design Unit (Queensland Government) in 1994, Andrew has continued to focus his career on the delivery of housing and infrastructure into remote communities. Working for the Centre for Appropriate Technology (Alice Springs) and Arup (Cairns) allowed Andrew to work for communities in Queensland, Torres Straits, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.

Design work includes the Yuendumu Art Centre extension and the master planning of a community hub for Lockhart River with more recent projects in Townsville and Mornington Island.

Andrew was a member of the RAIA Indigenous Housing Taskforce and was one of the co-ordinators of the 'Which Way' National Indigenous Housing Conference 2007.  He has provided invaluable advice on the strategic direction of EWB’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program since becoming one of the initial Aboriginal Advisory Committee members in 2008. 



Arabella Douglas

Arabella is a Minyunbal woman from Fingal Head and her country straddles Yugambeh country (South East QLD) and Bundjalung country (Far North NSW) respectively.

Arabella works passionately with her family revitalising their traditions, lines, stories and information for the cultural consistency and knowledge it will bring to future generations. Her family values beginning with “lead with kindness” and “act your values."

With a long list of achievements Arabella’s values of sustainability, resources and land rights are definitely at the forefront of her work as a Senior Development and Environmental Lawyer, Government Adviser, Senior Executive of Public and Corporate Sector, and CEO. At Douglas and Associates a firm specialising in ‘strategic eloquence’ Arabella acts as Principle and Board Director focusing on large-scale infrastructure, environment and planning, social and economic sustainability and strategic business improvement. As well as taking on the position of Strategic Adviser specifically within the legal, organisational and political areas.

With many great role models including Martin Luther King and her great-grandmother Jane Currie, Arabella has made numerous achievements including being awarded inaugural winner of the Chief Executive Women’s Scholarship 2012 for Women in Leadership (AGSM – CEW),and admissions to the Supreme Court of NSW as well as the High Court of Australia to name a few.


John Briggs 

John Briggs is a proud Aboriginal who identifies with the Yorta Yorta people from the Cummrugunja part of the Barmah Forest. He joined EWB’s A&TSI committee in November 2014.

John brings a broad spectrum of knowledge having worked in a wide range of industries including telecommunications, hotel management, construction and mining.

During his career, John spent 15 years working in the North West and 10 years with Rio Tinto. He also worked as a Supervisor Trainer with the Aboriginal Training and Liaison unit for six years where he was responsible for training and earthworks across all Pilbara Leases. In this role, John supervised over 100 trainees and was also a mentor for Aboriginal workers and a spokesperson for cultural awareness.

More recently, John has been instrumental in the formation of Intract Indigenous Contractors in partnership with McMahon Services, the Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia. Intract provides training for Aboriginal people in civil construction services, and to date has provided over 50 meaningful employment opportunities. Enjoying great success since its inception, Intract has secured contracts for companies such as Santos, Genesee & Wyoming and the South Australian and Northern Territory Governments.

In the Northern Territory, Intract Australia has projects working with National Parks Australia in Kakadu National Park, repairs and maintenance contracts at Gumbalunya and Maningrita, along with housing tenancy contracts and construction on new port facilities on the Tiwi Islands employing around 30 Aboriginal people. Aside from direct employment, Intract is a premier sponsor to the NT Thunder AFL football team and sponsors the SA Football Carnival.

John’s contribution to Indigenous communities also extends to his roles as a Director for the Board of the South Australian Native Title Service (SANTS), Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Exploration and Energy (AEMEE) and Intract Australia Pty Ltd.