Joanne Cassady

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Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation

Proud Wiradjuri Aboriginal woman, Joanne Cassady, is the winner of this year’s esteemed National NAIDOC Poster Competition. Joanne’s winning poster, titled Your Tribe, My Tribe, Our Nation, is based on this year’s NAIDOC theme, Our Languages Matter competition and is a self-taught artist. Joanne grew up in Redfern and had a rough trot in life and now lives in Ingham, has been residing there for 17 years. Joanne also handed Cathy Freeman the Aboriginal flag at the Olympics in 2000. Along with her husband who is one of the Native Title holders for Mungalla Station, Joanne is involved with Mungalla. Mungalla is a resource owned by the Nywaigi Traditional Owners for fostering Aboriginal cultural values by building economic and cultural opportunities through the careful use of our country as a legacy for our children. Today, Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation and its parent body the Nywaigi Aboriginal Land Corporation which holds the title to Mungalla Station have made a mandate to improve the economic and social position of their people. They have chosen to achieve these aims by sharing the rich history and culture of Mungalla Station. Mungalla Aboriginal Tours were awarded Nature Tourism and respecting our culture certificate in 2016. Joanne believes you cannot give up and has a passion and determination to achieve her dreams along with her husband.