From the Interim CEO

“In a few more days I will be ending my employment with NNTAC. I would like to say that during the past few months I have had the privilege to meet a considerable number of people whose primary focus has been around improving life conditions for Ngadju people and their children and indeed the protection of Ngadju culture and heritage. In anyone’s language these are important and commendable goals. I sincerely hope that in some small way I have been of assistance in helping you work towards those goals. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting Members from the goldfields on my visits and will take fond memories of our friendly talks and I am confident that with the right governance, systems and foresight from those you put in charge to run your organisation it will grow and develop into an organisation that all Ngadju can be proud of. I would sincerely like to thank the members of the negotiating team and the lawyers from Castledine Gregory who I believe have done an excellent job on your behalf.

Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me and provided good counsel during my time with NNTAC. It has been an absolute pleasure working for you and representing the Ngadju people. Finally, over the years I have been inspired by many great speeches one of which was John Fitzgerald Kennedy when he spoke about his new role of President and I think these words might apply to Ngadju NNTAC. He said, “All this will not be finished in the first hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”

I wish you all the very best of health and good luck for the future.

Thank you



NNTAC Appointment of CEO

We are pleased to advise that following an extensive recruitment process, Robert (Rob) Klug has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Rob commences with NNTAC on Tuesday 28 April 2020.

Rob started his working life as an accountant with KPMG before qualifying as a lawyer. He worked for a number of years at a senior level in the international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills.

Rob’s most recent role, prior to joining NNTAC, was Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel at Sandfire Resources Limited for 9 years.  Whilst at Sandfire, Rob negotiated and managed a number of native title and heritage agreements, particularly with the Yugunga-Nya People, an agreement that has resulted in Sandfire paying over $20 million in royalties so far.

Rob’s significant experience in native title and heritage negotiations together with his legal background and qualifications, will be a great benefit to NNTAC and its members.

Rob is committed to engaging with staff, members, the new board (once appointed), stakeholders and others in an effective and transparent way and working with all parties to ensure the future success of NNTAC.

Please join us in welcoming Rob to NNTAC.

As of 28 April 2020, Rob’s email contact details will be:

We wish to thank those members of the Advisory Group that participated in the interview process for their time and assistance.

Quenten Jackson

We also advise that, following a handover period, Quenten will finish in his role as interim CEO of NNTAC on 8 May 2020.

Quenten came on as interim CEO shortly following our appointment as special administrators.  In a very short period of time, Quenten earned the respect and support of staff, members and stakeholders.  Quenten’s background and expertise in health has been particularly helpful during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

We are very grateful to Quenten for his hard work and commitment during his time as interim CEO.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you

Jack James and Paula Smith

Special Administrators

Wirrpanda Foundation

A message from the CEO

To our valued supporters,

In these uncertain times, the Wirrpanda Foundation is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our staff, participants and community. Because of this, Mineral Resources Park will continue to be closed to the public, staff are working from home where they can and we have moved to digital engagement where possible.

There is no doubt these circumstances have forced us to adapt quickly, and I am incredibly proud of our team for adjusting to this new normal so rapidly. Our programs have moved from face-to-face meetings to online, and will continue to run this way for as long as necessary. This has meant our mentors can continue to engage with and assist our participants, place them into the workforce and offer support where they need.

Our Deadly Sista Girlz mentors are delivering food hampers (while adhering to social distancing rules) to those DSG families who may need a little extra support at this time, as well as creating hygiene packs for participants and delivering sessions virtually. In saying this, we are also pursuing further digital avenues and ways in which we can connect with our participants and you all, and hope you will continue to follow our social channels to keep updated.

We know it is tough out there at the moment, especially for job seekers, and we implore you to get in touch with us if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander seeking work. We, as always, will do whatever we can to assist you in finding meaningful employment.

We are lucky enough to have government and corporate funding that should see us through these tough times, and although we will most certainly take a hit, we are well aware that we are one of the lucky ones. A big thank you to our funders for their continued support and assistance navigating these challenging times.

Take care of yourselves and your family, stay safe, and enjoy a happy Easter (albeit a quieter one than usual).

Kind regards,
Lisa Cunningham
Chief Executive Officer